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30 September 2020, 16:00-18:00

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The UN @75: Challenges for the New Quarter-Century

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The United Nations (UN) is marking its 75th anniversary in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis and at a time of great disruption and geostrategic tension. The list of current and future global challenges requiring urgent collective action is daunting and long. At the same time, the UN’s ability to act and to fulfil its mandate appears increasingly compromised by dysfunctional power relations among its members and a general climate of growing global mistrust. Breaking this vicious circle will not be easy. And as UN Secretary-General António Guterres poignantly stated in his remarks to the General Assembly earlier this year: ‘[C]ommemorating the 75th anniversary with nice speeches won’t do.’

Following on the heels of the UN’s very own high-level meeting commemorating the organization’s 75th anniversary, the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security (GCILS) and the Geneva Academy will be hosting a panel discussion about the current and future role and relevance of the UN in the hyperdynamic geopolitical environment of the 21st century.

In light of prolonged civil wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen, a crumbling nuclear arms control architecture, deepening socio-economic inequalities and a world-wide backlash against human rights, the discussion will focus on issue areas at the heart of the UN’s mandate and where a renewed vision for collective global action is urgently called for: nuclear disarmament, humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and human rights.

The panel seeks to provide a global reality check for the UN’s work in these core areas and its ability to navigate through an era of global turmoil.

Moderator

  • Robin Geiß, Swiss IHL Chair, Geneva Academy and GCILS Director, University of Glasgow

Panelists

  • Michael Biontino, Ambassador (ret.), former Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament and Ambassador for Global Disarmament Affairs (2013-2018)
  • Diane A. Desierto, Professor, University of Notre Dame
  • Nils Melzer, Swiss Human Rights Chair, Geneva Academy, Professor, University of Glasgow, and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Nathalie Weizmann, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

UN Global Dialogue (#UN75)

The panel is a part of the UN’s global dialogue (#UN75).

 We would like to encourage you to take the UN75 one minute survey in advance of our event, to kick-start the conversation in our minds and online: www.un.org/UN75.

Registration

This event will take place online, via the Zoom platform, starting at 15:00 (BST)/16:00 (CET).

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Location

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Access

This event will take place online, via the Zoom platform.

You need to register on Eventbrite to attend: https://bit.ly/351373S

Zoom log-in details will be provided closer to the event, based on registration. 

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