The Future of the United Nations

Event offered by:
Foreign Policy Association

Event Details

Date:
Friday, April 15, 2005
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Location:
St. Regis Hotel
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Transcripts and Video

Read/Download Remarks by Jean Ping

Read/Download Remarks by Michael Reisman

Read/Download Remarks by Robert Orr

Read/Download Remarks by Stephen Schlesinger and Yozo Yokota

The goal of this conference, to be chaired by W. Michael Reisman, Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at Yale University Law School, is to engage leading experts in an open dialog about the United Nations and to discuss reform proposals. These experts will constitute a working group on United Nations reform who will use their full range of experience and opinions to debate the key issues of UN reform.

During a closed session on Thursday, April 14 -- a group of 50 academics, UN officials, business leaders and policy experts including Ibrahim Gambari, USG, OSAA; Vanu Gopala Menon, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations; Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning; Gerhard Pfanzelter, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations; Marcello Spatafora, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations; Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; Yozo Yokota, Special Advisor to Rector, Chuo University; will discuss “Challenges Facing the UN and Possible Responses” and “Security Council Reform.” The sessions will be off-the-record, to encourage open dialog and candid assessments of these issues.

On Friday, April 15, the symposium welcomes the public and will host an open session where Michael Reisman, Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at Yale University, Stephen Schlesinger, Director, World Policy Institute and Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning will present the report and reform recommendations of the commission to the public for evaluation and critique of these proposals. Select commission members will be present to defend their findings.

Stephen Schlesinger, Director, World Policy Institute

Michael Reisman, Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at Yale University

Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning

Jean Ping, President of the fifty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly