The currents of change are transforming our human and physical geography. Demographic transformation, the emergence of new centres of economic dynamism, accelerating inequality within and across nations, challenges to the existing social contract by a disillusioned, mobilized citizenry, technological and organizational transformation linking people directly as never before and climate change are all placing the foundations of our world and our global system under unprecedented stress. They are driving not just incremental but exponential change. They are deeply connected and increasingly complex. To ensure that our generation and future generations benefit from the opportunities presented by this changing reality and are able to mitigate increased risks, the global community will need to work together in unprecedented ways.
The United Nations is uniquely positioned to facilitate such action because it can provide integrated solutions across interconnected issues areas such as development, peace and security, human rights and humanitarian action. It can facilitate universal dialogue to arrive at joint solutions and mobilize new constituencies to join Governments and international organizations to address global problems and share burdens, and it can legitimize new norms, structures and processes for international cooperation. The next five years will be crucial for defining and agreeing on a common vision for the future, making path-shaping investments, broadening the base of constituencies working together and adopting a flexible but robust international architecture that can address the increasing stresses on our international system.
The UN can play a central role in strengthening international governance and establishing constructive patterns of collaboration to manage unprecedented threats and demands for change and to take advantage of new generational opportunities.
This agenda sets out a series of actions that I believe the global community must take over the next five years. This will require mobilizing all the human, financial and political resources available to the United Nations in order to catalyse the type of global collaboration that is possible, necessary and timely. It will also require our renewed commitment to mobilize the international support measures required to address the socioeconomic development needs of countries in special situations. This agenda describes specific measures regarding each of the five generational opportunities and two primary enablers that I laid out in my speech to the General Assembly this past September.