The future we want – the UN we need

Event Type
Public Lecture

Location / Date
Bonn, 24.10.2016


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

In a series of international conferences during the last years, member states of the United Nations and civil society have created a new and powerful vision of “The future we want” (Rio+20 Conference) and for “Transforming our world” (2030 Agenda). The global transformation to sustainability sets the new and universally recognised frame for development worldwide. Implementing the 2030 Agenda will require a well-functioning United Nations system as the center for global development cooperation. The United Nations have never before been confronted with a development challenge of that order. Its development pillar is criticised for being fragmented, inefficient and politically encrusted. There is need for a fundamental repositioning of the United Nations system of development cooperation.

  • What role can and should the United Nations play in the transformation to global sustainability?
  • What new development understanding is needed?
  • What organisational reforms are necessary to make the United Nations “fit for purpose”?



  • Ashok-Alexander Sridharan, Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn


  • Klaus Töpfer, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNEP) and former German Federal Minister


  • Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme


  • Dirk Messner, Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

After the event, drinks and fingerfood will be served. The event will be held in English.

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