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from the WHAT NEXT FOR THE UN? Building a More Secure World festival
Nations should
  1. Think long-term in public services (such as health);

  2. Use digital tech to support rather than replace existing public services (such as health services);

  3. Contribute to – and learn from – the sharing of best practices and capacity-building (such as in health care and food policies) between nations;

  4. Invest in equitable public services (such as in health and education systems);

  5. Ensure that education systems include, in their core, key contemporary challenges (such as physical and mental health issues, food systems. dietary health, Education for Sustainable Development(ESD), digital literacy, dangers of AI and misuse of data);

  6. Set up a national, public and transparent ledger of all national and subnational government debt issues, contractual obligations, and revenue-sharing agreements, to improve the accountability and governance around public debt;

  7. Reinforce and restate national commitment to the UN Refugee Convention, and the Protocol which updated it (such as in health care and education);

  8. Encourage city leaders in richer countries to embrace the Smart Sustainable Cities project and similar initiatives and to share their experience with disadvantaged cities;

  9. Ensure that minorities are fully represented in all civic reviews;

  10. Adopt a whole-government food policy framework that supports sustainable food production, healthy diets, food waste-reduction, agricultural diversification, small-scale producers, high trade standards, and a just transition for food system actors;

  11. Create national programmes of rewilding (incentivised by environmental grants);

  12. Use subsidies to support the movement towards a green economy, phasing out all non-green subsidies as quickly as possible;

  13. Implement a ‘Just and Fair Transition to a Green Economy’: establish plans to remove all fossil-fuel powered cars from our roads by 2030; impose punitive taxes on carbon emissions; and plan to criminalise the production, sale, and use of fossil fuels by 2035;

  14. Implement a national ‘transition service’ in the Swedish model, which provides – to those made redundant – coaching and support through sectoral job security councils;

  15. Include women (in post-conflict communities and in fragile states) in all conflict resolution and civic management training programmes, as they have shown they are ‘forces for peace’;

  16. Hold companies housed on their territory to account, keeping Big Tech from becoming monopolies more powerful than States by making and implementing regulations;

  17. Work towards a universally accepted normative framework concerning digital regulations and commit to providing binding enforcement mechanisms.

24th October, 2020

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