what is the un summit of the future

Introducing the United Nations (UN) Summit of the Future – Why and How Should I Engage?


The United Nations has described the Summit of the Future (22-23 September 2024) as a
pivotal platform for enhancing international cooperation, serving as a unique opportunity to
address and bridge critical gaps in global governance and foster a more integrated and
collaborative approach to the daunting global challenges of our 21st century. The Summit seeks to accelerate progress towards existing commitments (SDGs) and respond to emerging opportunities.

At the Summit, Heads of State are to endorse a Pact for the Future: an action-oriented outcome document that is anticipated to hold bold commitments and re-focused efforts that prioritize and reaffirm global solidarity in addressing the colliding crises plaguing our current and future generations. The Zero Draft of the Pact was released in late January 2024.


Whilst the impacts of unfettered climate change are an undercurrent throughout the draft document, it has three glaring omissions:

  1. the acknowledged criticality of global health and health equity as an ongoing dominant global challenge;
  2. the intersectionality of health and the climate-health nexus to the success of the SDGs;
  3. and the central role played by communities to ensure healthy, prosperous and resilient societies.

Civil society must unite ahead of the UN Summit of the Future to demand the addition of specific language in the Zero Draft of the Pact for the Future to elevate health, community
leadership, community data, and equal and inclusive community engagement.

These elements are essential for driving transformative change, improving system outcomes, enhancing efficiency, promoting social accountability, and building more just and resilient societies.

The 2024 UN Civil Society Conference (9-10 May 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya)


The 2024 United Nations (UN) Civil Society Conference (9-10 of May 2024 – Nairobi, Kenya) is a premier event on the civil society calendar at the UN, ahead of the September 2024 Summit of the Future. it will bring together UN system officials, NGOs, academia, think tanks, member states, media, private sector, change makers and leaders from diverse groups to discuss issues of global concern.

This international forum is an opportunity to:

  • influence the direction of the Pact,
  • to put a global perspective on specific issues,
  • and provide preliminary discussions and data ahead of the Summit of the Future in September 2024 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Key information


ITPC has collated some key information to provide communities, partners and allies
with what is critical to know, to read and be prepared on what we want to push
strategically at the UN Civil Society Conference, during the negotiations, and until the
Summit of the Future.


The 2024 UN Civil Society Conference “Shaping a Future of Global and Sustainable Progress” (9-10 of May 2024 – Nairobi, Kenya)

The 2024 UN Civil Society Conference: “Shaping a Future of Global and Sustainable Progress” (9-10 May 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya) – Community Brief


What is the UN Summit of the Future Community Information Brief

What is the UN Summit of the Future – Why and How Should I Engage? – Community Brief


From the Ground Up How Community Action Redefines Global Crisis Management

From the Ground Up: How Community Action Redefines Global Crisis Management

Key considerations ahead of the 2024 UN Summit of the Future – ITPC May 2024.


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