• Concerns raised about limited space for civil society in the process, contrasting with UN’s commitment to inclusivity

  • Emphasis on a people-centric and open global governance approach

  • Concrete steps proposed include inclusive platforms, representative participation and a comprehensive review of civil society engagement

  • Anticipation for positive responses and collaboration to ensure a truly inclusive Summit of the Future process

In a joint statement co-authored by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), 380 civil society organisations (CSOs) and many GCAP members have urged key United Nations (UN) representatives to enhance inclusivity in the preparatory process for the Summit of the Future (SoTF).

Addressed to the Co-Facilitators of the Summit of the Future and to the President of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly, the CSOs emphasize the importance of an inclusive and participative process.

The CSOs expresses gratitude to the co-facilitators for presenting the zero draft of the Pact for the Future and acknowledges the virtual consultation with Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGoS) and civil society representatives. However, it raises concerns about the limited space provided for civil society in the process, citing potential shortcomings in the commitment to inclusivity.

The organisations express regret over the perceived lack of meaningful engagement for civil society, contrasting with the UN’s commitment to inclusivity as outlined in Our Common Agenda by Secretary-General António Guterres. The statement emphasizes the need for a people-centric and open global governance approach, urging a reevaluation of the engagement framework.

Looking ahead to the Civil Society Conference in Nairobi, the statement stresses the necessity of an inclusive conference providing space for diverse and safe participation. It calls for sufficient resources to be allocated for meaningful involvement of a broad range of civil society stakeholders.

To address these challenges, the CSOs propose concrete steps for immediate action, including:

  • Establishment of inclusive platforms for engagement and open consultations for all
  • Representative participation in preparatory phases and negotiations
  • A comprehensive review of civil society’s meaningful engagement in UN processes to be incorporated into the Pact for the Future.

The statement advocates for mechanisms to ensure transparency, accountability and protection for civil society engagement, suggesting an Annual Civil Society Action Day to foster review and dialogue.

The CSOs express their anticipation for positive responses and fruitful collaboration, emphasizing the importance of incorporating diverse voices into the Summit of the Future process. The call aligns with the #UNmute campaign, advocating for the genuine integration of civil society contributions into shaping the future.

Download the UNMute CSO Statement – Summit of the Future in English here.

Download the UNMute CSO Statement – Summit of the Future in French here.

Download the UNMute CSO Statement – Summit of the Future in Spanish here.