Working list of UN Summits

Farah Mustafa

Following the model of the family of Gx Summits, the United Nations (UN) appears to have initiated the use of summitry as a mechanism of global collaboration, unity, and progress. We define “Leader Summits” as gatherings exclusively for Heads of State and leaders from Member States. “Open Summits,” on the other hand, are gatherings where the attendees include leaders, nongovernmental organization representatives, civil society organizations, the media, and public. Below is a catalogue of both categories of UN summits since 1990.

Summits that occurred during the month of September, when the UN General Assembly opens annually, are marked with an asterisk (*). These summits were often high-level, indicating their urgency and importance to global political, social, and economic climate.

Most recently, a pivotal declaration regarding the pathway of Summits to come was made in September 2015. The seventeen Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) were announced, with an implementation deadline of 2030. The SDGs were created as a response to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the product of a series of Leader Summits that resulted in serious action and changes in policy. The MDGs are a set of eight goals set by Heads of State Leaders and announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his report titled “A Life of Dignity for All.”

Further details about all major leader and open summits can be found through the links below:

 

Leader Summits

1990’s
Second UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (1990)*
World Summit on Children (1990)
World Summit for Social Development (1995)
Special Session of the General Assembly on the International Conference on Population and Development (1999)*

2000’s
5 Year Review of the Beijing Declaration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (2000)
Social Summit +5 (2000)
Millennium Summit (2000)*
Special Session of the General Assembly on HIV/AIDs (2001)
Special Session of the General Assembly for an Overall Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda (2001)
Third UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (2001)
Second World Assembly on Ageing (2002)
International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries (2003)
10 Year Review of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme for Action (2005)
World Summit (2005)*
High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development and the High Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals (2008)*
Follow-up International Conference of Financing (2008)
The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis (2009)

2010’s
UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (2010)*
Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (2011)
UN Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO+20 (2012)
UN Summit on Strengthening International Peace Operations (2014)
The UNGA Meeting on World Summit on the Information Society (2015)
Sustainable Development Summit (2015)*
Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping (2015)
UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants (2016)*
UNGA Special Session on Drugs (2016)

 

Open Summits

1990’s
World Conference on Education for All (1990)
International Conference on Nutrition (1992)
UN Conference on Environment and Development (1992)
World Conference on Human Rights (1993)
Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Development States (1994)
International Conference on Population and Development (1994)
Fourth World Conference on Women (1995)
World Food Summit (1996)
Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (1996)
Kyoto Climate Change Conference (1997)

2000’s
World Education Forum (2000)
World Conference on against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racial Intolerance (2001)
World Food Summit (2002)
Special Session on Children (2002)
World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002)
International Conference on Financing for Development (2002)
World Summit on the Information Society (2003)
10 Year Review of the Barbados Programme for Action (2005)
10 Year Review of the Beijing Declaration and Programme for Action (2005)
Phase Two of the World Summit on the Information Society (2005)

2010’s
UN Forum on Forests (2013)
International Conference on Small Island Developing States (2014)
World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (2014)
Commission on the Status of Women (2015)
Third International Conference on Financing for Development (2015)
UN Climate Change Conference (2015)
World Humanitarian Summit (2016)
Chiefs of Police Summit (2016)
Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (2016)
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (2016)
Climate Action Summit (2016)

 
 

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