17.03.2010 – 18.03.2010 | Challenges for the United Nations in 2010

Global cooperation is essential to address pressing challenges and future risks. In the 21st century, the world is faced with risks of global scale that cannot be confronted without collective action. What do global challenges such as climate change and global economic crisis imply for UN? How should Member States respond to these challenges collectively under the umbrella of the UN?

The discussion is structured around the following events:

1) UN Ideas that changed the World
17 March 2010 at 15:00-18:00 in the LandesMuseum Bonn (map)

Moderation:

  • Ute Schaeffer, Head of Deutsche Welle-RADIO’s Africa program

Panelists:

  • Louis Emmerij, Co-director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project (UNIHP)
  • Nico Schrijver, Chair of Public International Law and Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University
  • Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers (requested, tbc)

Louis Emmerij and Nico Schrijver will discuss lessons from ten years of research and present the United Nations Intellectual History Project’s capstone volume, UN Ideas That Changed the World as well as the forthcoming volume Development without Destruction.

This volume makes some crucial points about the UN and its contributions to contemporary international society. (…). The UN’s contributions to economic and social thinking, policymaking, and action have been more successful than generally realized. (…) But the findings of the project are not all rosy (…) It also underlines key areas there the United Nations has failed or has been too slow or too timid in drawing attention to key problems or in putting forward proposals on which governments could act. (…) From the beginning, this project has had the ambition of being a „future-oriented history“ – drawing lessons for the future and making some recommendations. – from the foreword by Kofi A. Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, 1997-2006

2) Debate: New crises – new policy responses? Rethinking the role of the UN with UN officials, Louis Emmerij, Nico Schrijver
18 March 2010 at 14:00-16:00, at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) (map)

Moderation:

  • Juergen Wiemann, Head of the programme Development Cooperation and the World Trade System of the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) & EADI Deputy President

Panelists:

  • Louis Emmerij, Co-director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project (UNIHP)
  • Nico Schrijver, Chair of Public International Law and Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University
  • Anantha Duraiappah, Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)

The forthcoming period is likely to be far less certain as the UN faces multiple and inter-connected crises in climate, and energy, the end of an oligopolistic market with the emergence of new powers. Such uncertainties not only have the potential to impact adversely on levels of international relations, but also change the context for managing the global governance and in particular the architecture for environmental governance and resource management.

To register please use the online form or contact heil@eadi.org and state which event/(s) you would like to attend. Please bring your ID card or passport with you as you will need to show it upon entrance to the Ministry.

Link: http://www.eadi.org/events/forthcoming-events/discussion-about-the-future-of-the-un.html