Responding to future and current challenges

The world is contending with multiple interconnected challenges ranging from global health threats and geopolitical tensions to massive digital transformation and accelerating climate change. These complex risks threaten to overwhelm existing multilateral institutions. New thinking is required.   To this end, the Igarapé Institute is supporting the United Nations Secretary-General craft Our Common Agenda. The Agenda is committed to delivering on the promise of the United Nations Charter by refocusing investment in international cooperation. Our Common Agenda is informed by consultations with Member States, thought leaders, young people, civil society, and the UN system. It is led by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General with support from the UN Foundation and Igarapé Institute, along with a network of partners from around the world, including ACCORD (South Africa), Southern Voice (a network of 50 think tanks from Africa, Asia, and Latin America) and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore The Agenda emerged from the UN75 Declaration, which outlines twelve priority areas that must be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism:

We will

leave no one behind


We will

protect our planet

We will

promote peace and prevent conflicts

We will 

abide by 

international law and ensure justice

We will

place women and girls at the center

We will

build trust


We will

improve digital cooperation

We will

upgrade the United Nations

We will

ensure sustainable financing

We will

boost partnerships

We will

listen to and work with youth

We will

be prepared

Our Common Agenda proposes a series of very practical measures to advance the 12 themes set out in the UN75 Declaration. Among other things, it calls for a reimagined social contract, greater solidarity across generations, reinvigorated protection of the global commons and more rapid and inclusive delivery of global public goods. 


During 2020 and 2021, the Igarapé Institute helped backstop the Executive Office of the Secretary-General in its development of Our Common Agenda. The Institute conducted research, reviewed recommendations and coordinated a global digital consultation with support from a diverse range of partners. 

Research: The Institute produced analytical papers on ways to accelerate inclusive and networked multilateralism and developed data visualizations of international cooperation on issues such as global vaccination, nuclear non-proliferation, and climate finance. 

Consultations: The Institute led a global consultation involving non-governmental organizations, impact investors, philanthropists, parliamentarians, city leaders, academic institutions, and under-represented groups. The process generated 523 proposals from 1,759 participants from 147 countries.

The Agenda is considering the views of a wide range of people and organizations. Its development was organized around four tracks. These include tracks focused on thought leaders, young thinkers, member states and civil society.

Member States
This track will include consultations with Member States on implementation of the UN75 declaration.
Thought Leaders
This track allows a diverse group of experts and thought leaders from all around the world to contribute ideas.
Young Thinkers
This track provides thinkers under 30 from all over the world with the opportunity to contribute ideas in a more open format.
Civil Society
This track, called We the Peoples, assembles a diverse array of organizations to participate in a digital consultation and offer proposals through an online platform.

+ We the Peoples

Digital Consultation 


The Igarapé Institute supported the UN through a digital consultation to identify bold, actionable and practical proposals from around the world. The Institute gathered 1,579 experts from 147 countries to engage in an online interactive platform, generating 523 proposals.


The consultation assembled stakeholders from over a dozen sectors to develop proposals to accelerate delivery of the commitments made in the UN75 Declaration, together with the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. Participants generated over 400 proposals to tackle new and emerging challenges.


The rich array of perspectives and inputs received, through the digital consultation, greatly enhanced the ideas laid out in the report of the Secretary-General on Our Common Agenda.

Visit the Our Common Agenda page on the UN website

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