As the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we see heightened global insecurity and anxiety. International cooperation is under severe strain due to heightened geopolitical tensions and rivalry. The rules-based order upon which the UN Charter was conceived is being challenged. Our UN, and the multilateral system more broadly, needs to answer to the real anxieties of people with practical responses.

To solve the global challenges of our times – from COVID-19 to climate change, raging conflicts and unchecked technological advances – we need more inclusive international cooperation rather than a regression to narrow nationalism.

The SDGs are our common road map for the future we want. To realize the 17 SDGs, we need stronger partnerships and deeper involvement from civil society, the private sector, trade unions, local governments and other relevant stakeholders. This message emerged loud and clear from the UN75 global consultation.

Through a multi-stakeholder discussion with the private sector, academia, the UN, youth and civil society, speakers will explore ideas and thoughts on how these stakeholders can participate in and reshape the multilateral system to deliver better on the SDGs.

This event is a part of the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit. This webinar is hosted NUPI og UN75 and starts at 14:00 and ends at 15:00 CET (08:00-09:00 EST).


  • Cedric de Coning, Research professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)


  • Fabrizio Hochschild, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations
  • Lysa John, Secretary-General, CIVICUS
  • Alexandra van der Ploeg, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP
  • UNHCR youth refuge voice (tbc)
  • Adriana Abdenuer, Co-founder and Director, Plataforma CIPÓ