9/10- Broader Perspectives on the UN of Today and Tomorrow

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The International Peace Institute and the Office of the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly are pleased to invite you to an interactive discussion with members from The Team of External Advisors to the President of the General Assembly. The event will take place at IPI on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 9:15am-12:45pm.


Welcoming Remarks:

Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen, President of the International Peace Institute


Opening Remarks:

H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia

Session 1: The Future of a Rule-Based System: Multilateralism Under Threat

Speakers:

H.E. Ms. Susana Malcorra, Advisor to the President of Argentina, former Foreign Minister of Argentina, former Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General [video message]

H.E. Mr. Francisco José Pereira Pinto de Balsemão, former Prime Minister of Portugal and Chairman of the Board of the group IMPRESA

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals

Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former President and CEO of the International Crisis Group and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

Mr. Nik Gowing, British Television Journalist and Co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable

Moderator:

Ms. Femi Oke, International Journalist and Co-founder of Moderate the Panel

Session 2: A Stronger General Assembly for a Stronger United Nations

Speakers:

H.E. Ms. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Education, former Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya, former Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Antonio Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil to Italy, former Foreign Minister of Brazil, and former Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN

Professor Carlos Lopes, Professor at the University of Cape Town and former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa

Moderator:

Mr. Nik Gowing, British Television Journalist and Co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable

The Team of External Advisors to the President of the General Assembly is a pro-bono group of sixteen globally respected individuals dedicated to multilateralism who have been remarkable in their service—both to their country and in the international arena. The team was formed with the aim of discussing and sharing views on strategic questions, including the scope and depth of the work and engagement of the UN, as well as the role of the General Assembly.

As the theme for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly was ‘’Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet,’’ the Team focused on peace, conflict prevention, and mediation. At the event at IPI on September 10th, members of the Team will highlight ideas and recommendations that emerged from their discussions with the President of the General Assembly throughout his term. These discussions were summarized in the Final Independent Report of the Team of External Advisors, which will be available at the event. The meetings covered a wide-range of topics, including: global political issues, multilateralism, sustaining peace, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, human rights and human dignity, and the future and reform of the United Nations.

For questions contact:

Amanda Mignone, murchison@ipinst.org, 212-225-9638

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