A UN75 Dialogue in the Great Hall of Justice: The Future We Want, The UN We Need

Various Speakers, Dutch Foreign Ministry, International Court of Justice, Leiden University, UNU-MERIT

This event at the International Court of Justice is a follow-up to the online UN75 Dialogue that took place in September 2020. That dialogue sparked a range of ideas for UN reform, which fed into a report co-authored by several students -- including three from UNU-MERIT. The Leiden Chair of UN Studies will present and discuss the report (available here) on UN Day, 24 October, with UN delegates, UN Youth representatives, and Dutch Foreign Minister Blok.


As we approach the UN's 75th anniversary, it is clear that we need to change the way we interact as a global community. The UN75 activities are forward-looking and encourage attendees to think about how the world will look in the next 25 years, the role of the UN in realising our visions for 2045, and what needs to be done NOW to achieve the goals we have set for our collective futures.

The UN75 activities organised by UNU-MERIT, the Leiden University Chair of UN Studies, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and partners in the Netherlands emphasise the role of young people (under 35). Each event provides a platform for young people to share and discuss their dreams, criticisms and visions for the future of the UN. At each event, we bring together young people, policymakers, UN representatives, and stakeholders working in the field to produce statements and action plans on how we can improve the UN. The plan is to collect young people’s thoughts on the future of global governance and to share them through the UN75 feedback mechanism.

About the speaker

- Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice
- His Excellency Stef Blok, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Dr Alanna O'Malley, Leiden University Chair of UN Studies

Click on 'More information' below to watch the livestream.

Venue: YouTube

Date: 24 October 2020

Time: 17:30 - 19:30  CEST