UPDATE: Tickets for this event have been wildly popular, exceeding the amount that we initially expected to issue! We have currently exceeded the number of tickets available to fill up the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre where the event is held. While there are likely to be some extra spaces from people who don't show up, we can no longer guarantee that any further tickets (sold under 'reserve ticket list') will get seats - if the event is particularly well-attended, we may be setting up an overflow room and streaming the event to there. Watch this space for further details!
The United Nations Association - UK and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS invite you to a panel discussion commemorating a momentous occasion, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations on Friday, 23rd October, the eve of “UN Day” that marks the entry into force of the Charter.
Does multilateralism, the bedrock of the world organisation, matter in today’s increasing fragmenting world? Why did it matter in 1942-45? Was the post-World War Two global order truly multilateral? In particular, what presence did the global ‘South’ have in crafting it?
Following an introduction by Dan Plesch of SOAS and Natalie Samarasinghe of UNA-UK, our panellists are Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS and long associated with the UN and international development and Thomas Weiss, one of the most eminent scholars of international relations and the politics of the UN. They will discuss and debate the UN’s role in providing the global ‘South’ an adequate platform for creating a multilateral world order in which their collective voice has been recognised—both in 1945 and in 2015. The discussion will be moderated by the former senior UK diplomat Sir Jeremy Greenstock, best known for his chairmanship of the UN Association in the UK and lengthy experience in international politics.
Tickets are free for this event, but limited: book now to avoid disappointment! We will also be hosting a follow-up event the following day (Saturday 24th October) in the same venue, involving an academic workshop and student fair on issues relating to the UN's history, the Global South, and disarmament, which is open to all.
For details regarding accessibility to the venue, please see here: https://www.soas.ac.uk/equalitydiversity/access-to-buildings/file85516.pdf. The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre does have some (limited) disabled access, as well as a hearing induction loop; if you need any help with either, or any other related issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy is based at SOAS, University of London, focusing on research and teaching on international relations and diplomacy.