Our suggestions are here (link) – over 60 pages of recommendations and analysis. We have looked at how technology – from artificial intelligence to drones – can ensure that the UN is ready for the Networked Century.
We are excited about the ideas, and hope that they provide a trigger for fresh thinking, and new coalitions of allies for the UN’s efforts.
But we also recognize that we don’t have all the answers, and we believe in the wisdom of crowds. So over the next few months we want to seek your contributions. How humans manage the paradigm shift to a hyperconnected world is the greatest challenge of our time. How can the UN adapt its methods to the Networked Age without compromising its values? How can technology increase UN effectiveness and efficiency, build public trust, mobilise opinion and action, and weaponise compassion? How to make the sum of the parts more able to deliver on the goals set out so powerfully in the UN Charter seven decades ago?
From refugees and beneficiaries of UN help, to policy makers and curious global citizens, we need the UN. And the UN needs you.
Over the coming months, we’ll be posting ideas, questions and provocations, and asking you to help us crack these challenges. If the UN did not exist, we would need to invent it. But now you need to reinvent it. Please enjoy the report, and let us know what you think. We’ll then fuse the best ideas from global citizens in a final report for the UN Secretary General in September.
New York, April 2017