UN75: American Voices

To help mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched UN75 to gather ideas and opinions from people everywhere. The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) gathered Americans’ voices from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico in order to understand what Americans think about the current and future state of the world.



About the report findings

Through a series of virtual consultations, UNA-USA aimed to elevate American perspectives to answer the UN’s three big questions:



Are we on track to secure a better world?

Participants cite the following barriers to building a better world:


  • Conflict and human rights violations

  • Displacement and homelessness

  • Growing inequity of access and opportunity

  • Health risks and lack of access to healthcare

  • Impact of climate change

  • Lack of education equity


  • Lack of gender equity

  • Lack of leadership

  • Lack of trust in and cooperation across governments

  • Limited and declining resources

  • Poverty, income gaps, job losses

  • Systemic racism, including policy racism




What kind of future do we want to create?

Almost half of consultations reported quality education, reduced inequalities, climate action, and peace, justice and strong institutions as critical for the future. Constituents believe driving progress on these four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will enable progress on other goals:


What action is needed for a brighter future?

The following stakeholders are those that were identified by consultation participants as having a role to play in shaping the future that we want.



Address global issues and create change through advocacy, education, community engagement, international policy coordination and accountability measurement and tracking


Engage local U.S. constituents (individuals, organizations, governments) in the UN’s efforts to drive positive change around global issues



Promote positive change by: Activism and community engagement, including engagement with local organizations; Civic engagement; Education of oneself and others; Sustainable lifestyle choices



Address world issues through: Public private partnerships (community-based programs, government partnerships, education); Sustainable business solutions, including alignment with SDGs and progress tracking; Future growth investment; Equitable policy development



Foster action and collaboration through: Sustainable policies and services, including incorporating SDGs into policy development; Global collaboration, including ongoing engagement with the UN; Community engagement, support, and services; Public private partnerships