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Consultative, Knowledge-Driven Recommendations

One of the central calls in Our Common Agenda is for stronger governance of key issues of global concern. The Summit of the Future in September 2023 will seek to advance ideas for governance arrangements in certain areas that could be considered as global public goods or global commons, including climate and sustainable development beyond 2030, the international financial architecture, peace, outer space, the digital space, major risks, and the interests of future generations.

As a key input to that Summit, the Secretary-General established the High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism. The Board has been asked to build on the ideas in Our Common Agenda to make concrete suggestions for more effective multilateral arrangements to govern these and/or other key global issues.

The Board will meet approximately every six weeks, both virtually and in-person, in order to arrive at findings that can support Member States at the Summit of the Future.

Our objectives are to:

  1. To advise Member States on those issues of key global concern where governance improvements are most needed;
  2. To propose options for how governance improvements could be achieved, taking into account existing institutional and legal arrangements, gaps and emerging priorities or levels of urgency, as well as relevant deliberations under the other tracks leading to the Summit of the Future;
  3. To seek equity and fairness in global decision-making, as well as approaches that are more networked, more inclusive and, above all, more effective;
  4. Through their networks, to engage other stakeholders in this critical conversation;
  5. To issue findings in time for the proposed Summit of the Future during high-level week of the seventy-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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