Monday, 01 March 2021

Online-discussion \ The role of the United Nations at a time of geopolitical change

75 years after their inception, the United Nations (UN) have to stand the test in a world of challenges and great insecurities. Upon the invitation of BICC, DIE, SDSN and DGVN, Angela Kane, former UN Under-Secretary-General will speak about opportunities and limits of multilateral cooperation in the solution of global problems on 1 March 2021 (in German)

Photo: with permission by Angela Kane

The social and economic consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic threaten social cohesion and previous development trajectories in many places, in poorer and richer countries alike. Climate change is accelerating and has global impacts. Poverty and growing inequalities, forced displacement and war continue to be part of the bitter reality of life for many people. Such global challenges make multilateral cooperation seem more urgent than ever. Yet nationalist and populist governments around the world are challenging this view. This is compounded by power struggles and disagreements among UN member states, which delay or even prevent decisive action from addressing many of the world's problems. But the institutional inadequacies of the UN itself also cloud the picture.

The peace and conflict research centre BICC, the German Development Institute (DIE), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN-Germany) and the German Association for the United Nations (DGVN) invite you to discuss the most urgent challenges facing the UN. Angela Kane, former UN Representative on Disarmament, will kick off the event with a keynote speech. Afterwards, Angela Kane will be joined by Andreas Künne (Federal Foreign Office), Conrad Schetter (BICC) and Silke Weinlich (DIE) for a discussion. The discussion will be moderated by Adolf Kloke-Lesch (SDSN-Germany).

The event will take place online via Zoom on 1 March 2021, 16:00 to 17:30.


Invitation (pdf, in German)