Glocalities Press presentation
United Nations trust survey
On Monday November 30 at 17:00 CET / 11:00 EST Glocalities presented the global survey on trust in the United Nations to the press. You can read the full press release here.
Below you will find clips of the full conference which include: the presentation by Martijn Lampert and reactions from guest speakers Michael Sheldrick, Chief Policy and Government officer for Global Citizen, and Samuel Zipp, Associate professor and historian at Brown University.
The full survey report is available for download on the right.
Presentation by Martijn Lampert, Research Director Glocalities
Lampert presents the findings on trust in the UN, its background, the values and perceptions of those who trust the UN, and the implications of the study.
Reaction by Michael Sheldrick, Chief Policy and Government Affairs Officer for Global Citizen
Sheldrick calls on governments to build upon the trust that people globally have in the UN and to work closely together to provide sufficient funding and solutions to 'Recover Better Together' in this time of multiple global crises.
Reaction by Samuel Zipp, Associate Professor of American Studies at Brown University and Author of ‘The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World’
Zipp compares the survey findings on trust in the UN and the USA to the time of World War II and talks about the potential implications these may have for the incoming Biden administration.
Questions and answers by those present at the press conference including:
- "The UN undertook such a massive public consultation around the development of the SDGs a few years back- in your opinion did this process contribute to an increase in trust in the organisation and its plans?"
- "In this survey, does the prevalent trust in the UN among youth (50%) perhaps reflect the massive support for climate justice among this same demographic?"
Below you will find several videos detailing the conference in full!
Lampert: UN Press Conference Presentation
Sheldrick: A call to work closely together
Zipp: The potential implications for an incoming Biden administration
After the Press Conference, the following interview was published at the Forbes, providing further information about the study:
Reaction to the report by Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General (2007-2016) when the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals were installed, "75 years after the establishment of the UN, the results of the Glocalities survey from 25 different countries reflect two very important assessments. Firstly, they resonate that the challenges of our time, climate change, discrimination, and human rights violations, are significant concerns at the heart of local, national, and international communities. Secondly, it reveals that people who trust the UN, recognize it as a multilateral entity that unites the values of human rights, human dignity, peace, and education. I am encouraged to see that a majority of the world believes in the UN's mission and progress through international cooperation. Especially today, this belief and hope are crucial to overcoming the current global crisis of inequalities and weakened multilateralism. This trust is the way forward to our one common goal: the formation of an equal, just, and sustainable future for all."
Michael Sheldrick, Chief Policy and Government Affairs Officer for Global Citizen continued, “Relatively high levels of trust in the UN demonstrates the awareness citizens around the world have that global challenges - from the COVID-19 pandemic through to ending poverty - can only be solved through global solutions. For far too long though citizens’ high level of trust in the UN has, on the whole, not been reciprocated in the support of their respective governments. In order to Recover Better Together, governments should acknowledge the trust placed by their citizens in the UN and ensure that its global recovery efforts are fully funded. Ending the worst of the pandemic for everyone alone requires US$35 billion, which is but a fraction of the trillions G20 governments have spent on stimulating their economies.”
Samuel Zipp, Associate Professor of American Studies at Brown University and author of The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World said, “Seventy-five years ago, at the end of World War II, millions across the globe looked to the United States to lead the world to a new era of peace and freedom. Polls in the U.S. showed that as much as 90 percent of Americans favored U.S. participation in a new international organization. Today, at another time of global crisis, the situation is reversed. Few Americans trust the United Nations, while across the globe trust in the UN far outpaces trust in the US. This should be a wake up call for Americans--and the new Biden administration: after the Cold War, the War on Terror, and the second coming of America First, the world is waiting for the U.S. to join them in confronting pandemics, inequality, and climate change.”
Martijn Lampert, Glocalities Research Director said, “The high level of trust in the United Nations mirrors the energetic and cooperative mindset of its supporters. These people transcend the often paralyzing polarity between nationalism and globalism. In times of urgent international crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, rising poverty levels, climate change and famines the survey results reveal an ample opportunity for countries, leaders and citizens to again work together coherently to solve these crises. People recognize that the world needs to live up to the ideals of the UN collaborative platform that was founded upon the ruins of the Second World War.’’
Would you like to know more? Please contact Martijn Lampert.
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