The Answer to Hope

Right now our world is facing a series of global challenges that are stretching our capacity to address them. There are humanitarian crises, famines, refugee crises, violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflicts and wars ravaging in several countries. We are facing complex long-term challenges including poverty, hunger, water scarcity, intolerance, gender discrimination and widespread inequality. On the environmental front we are facing climate change, deforestation, ocean depletion, pollution and biodiversity loss. These are the stark realities of today and they urgently call for increased and accelerated efforts to address them.

However, despite these challenges there is also reason for hope. In many areas there has been significant progress thanks to dedicated stakeholders around the world, making a difference for people, our communities, wildlife and nature around us.

The world also came together at the United Nations in 2015 to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, promising to put us on track towards a better world and a brighter future for all. Countries have also adopted the Paris Agreement on climate change; the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development; joined together at the World Humanitarian Summit to improve humanitarian assistance, resilience and preparedness; and adopted UN resolutions outlining a new approach towards sustainable peace.

With these frameworks as our guide and with leaders and people around the world agreeing on the necessity for systemic global change, there is excitement about the new world we are embarking towards, where everyone is included and no one is left behind.

As we set forth on our collective journey towards addressing our global challenges and achieving the new frameworks “no word is more important than together” as aptly stated by Jan Eliasson former United Nations Deputy Secretary General. The new global frameworks require an unprecedented level of international cooperation and call on stakeholders around the world to work closely together to solve issues at local, national, regional and global levels. And we have seen what we can achieve when we join hands to deliver results. We are the answer to hope. All of us — together.

This is what underpins and drives everything that we are doing in establishing the United Institutions, a new global institution and world forum for international cooperation, partnerships and collective action on sustainable development, peace and security, humanitarian assistance, human rights and climate action, in development in New York.

The United Institutions will be the first permanent world forum for institutions and organizations in the public, private and civil sectors, and will enable them to work together on a continuous basis in addressing global challenges and realizing development goals on national, regional and global levels.

The forum will support and enable stakeholders to usher in a new era of global cooperation, improve development and aid effectiveness, navigate the interlinkages between issues, address synergies and trade-offs between policies, develop coherent strategies, and implement concrete solutions. It will also seek to strengthen relationships and trust between stakeholders, and to build institutional and sector-wide capacities to meet the requirements of the new frameworks.

It is with great excitement that we seek to fulfill our mandate to support institutions and stakeholders within the international community. The United Institutions is a strategic investment in the new global development goals and agendas, the institutional framework at the international level, the revitalization of the global partnership for development, and in the long term positioning of the sustainable development, humanitarian, peace-building and human rights sectors.

The UI is an investment in getting all of us, the world’s stakeholders, “fit for purpose” and working as a global team, in the spirit of global solidarity and partnership — towards building a better world.

To learn more about the United Institutions visit unitedinstitutions.org