Like what you've read?

On Line Opinion is the only Australian site where you get all sides of the story. We don't
charge, but we need your support. Here�s how you can help.

  • Advertise

    We have a monthly audience of 70,000 and advertising packages from $200 a month.

  • Volunteer

    We always need commissioning editors and sub-editors.

  • Contribute

    Got something to say? Submit an essay.

 The National Forum   Donate   Your Account   On Line Opinion   Forum   Blogs   Polling   About   
On Line Opinion logo ON LINE OPINION - Australia's e-journal of social and political debate


On Line Opinion is a not-for-profit publication and relies on the generosity of its sponsors, editors and contributors. If you would like to help, contact us.


RSS 2.0

Preparation of the United Nations 2024 Summit of the Future

By Ioan Voicu - posted Wednesday, 5 July 2023

The United Nations multilateral summits bring together leaders from 193 countries to discuss and address global challenges and opportunities. These diplomatic gatherings provide a platform for dialogue, negotiation, and cooperation among nations. Summits allow leaders to collectively deal with pressing global issues such as climate change, terrorism, poverty, sustainable development and pandemics. By sharing perspectives, experiences, and expertise, countries can develop consensual comprehensive solutions that may have a far-reaching impact on the future.

A cardinal decision

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided by consensus on 8 September 2022 to convene the Summit of the Future which will be held on 22 and 23 September 2024, in New York. It will be preceded by a preparatory ministerial meeting to be organized on 18 September 2023.The theme of the Summit will be "Summit of the Future: multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow".


It is already agreed that the Summit of the Future will have an important role to play in reaffirming the Charter of the United Nations, reinvigorating multilateralism, boosting implementation of existing commitments, deciding on concrete solutions to challenges and restoring trust among Member States.

As requested by Member States, the UN Secretary-General will provide Member States with "concise, action-oriented recommendations" through the issuance of a series of Policy Briefs over the first half of 2023. The Policy Briefs will provide more details on specific proposals that may be considered by Member States as they discuss the scope of the Summit of the Future.

Informal consultations

The UNGA President appointed Namibia and Germany as co-facilitators in order to facilitate open, transparent and inclusive intergovernmental consultations on the preparatory process of the Summit. This process of the Summit will consist of: (a) Consultations to determine the scope of the Summit, topics and organization of the interactive dialogues and the process of negotiations to conclude the outcome document; (b) Negotiations to conclude the outcome document with adequate time for the negotiating sessions.

Acting in this spirit, Namibia and Germany have already circulated a Concept Note for Informal Consultations on the Scope and Elements of the Summit of the Future. This document is expected to help all countries elaborate an action-oriented outcome document entitled "A Pact for the Future", to be agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations.

The two facilitators document will help guide relevant discussions and consultations , as it contains some basic criteria to support actual consideration of the kind of elements that would help define the eventual scope for the Summit of the Future.


These criteria are:

·Reinvigorate the multilateral system and strengthen global governance to respond to current and future challenges, in line with the UN Charter and international law;

·Identify and address gaps in global governance, especially those that have emerged as obstacles to the achievement of Agenda 2030;

  1. Pages:
  2. Page 1
  3. 2
  4. All

Discuss in our Forums

See what other readers are saying about this article!

Click here to read & post comments.

5 posts so far.

Share this:
reddit this reddit thisbookmark with Del.icio.usdigg thisseed newsvineSeed NewsvineStumbleUpon StumbleUponsubmit to propellerkwoff it

About the Author

Dr Ioan Voicu is a Visiting Professor at Assumption University in Bangkok

Other articles by this Author

All articles by Ioan Voicu

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Photo of Ioan Voicu
Article Tools
Comment 5 comments
Print Printable version
Subscribe Subscribe
Email Email a friend

About Us Search Discuss Feedback Legals Privacy