Following the opening of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and a series of High-level meetings and events parallel to the General Debate, the UNGA plenary and committees have shifted to a pattern wherein the Member States debate and negotiate resolutions on a range of topics.
Across the UNGA agenda, priorities include COVID-19 recovery, the UN Decade of Action–the final 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) —and the call for necessary reforms for the UN to be effective across management, peace and security and development. Reform to the UN Development System (UNDS) will be a prime agenda item of the UNGA Economic and Finance (Second) Committee negotiations, with an outcome resolution of its Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) expected in November
With concerns related to the relevance and trust in the multilateral system, in its 75th year, Member States
and the UN itself, while decrying unilateralism and protectionism, have stepped up efforts to evaluate the
effectiveness of the system and address means to strengthen it. This was bolstered by discussion on reform
during the High-level meetings in September 2020 and meetings through October.
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