5 March 2019: The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue has partnered with the UNOG Library and will take part in its upcoming Library event entitled  Leadership in Modern Multilateralism.

The debate will be held on 12 March from 12:30 to 14:00, at the United Nations Office in Geneva in the Library Events Room (B.135), Building B, First floor, at Palais Des Nations.

For over 70 years, the UN and the international system have been perceived as the guardians of peace and development in the world. However, multilateralism today is under strain. The effectiveness of global institutions and of global policymaking is constantly questioned, alliances are fraying, and UN agencies and other international entities are singled out for under-delivering. 

This debate will discuss the topic of multilateralism as the most logical approach to the challenges the world is facing in our time of fast-paced globalisation. Despite mounting nationalism and criticism, there is no valid alternative to international cooperation.

This debate will explore the principles and ideas underpinning multilateralism against a complex background of climate change, the rise of technology and the future of the global economy. Furthermore, the panel will underscore the role of eminent personalities who shaped international affairs and the changes in the nature of leadership in the 21st century, with the rise of modern multilateralism.

Often, in times of transition, drawing lessons from the past is a good way to find solutions and inspiration for the way forward. In this vein, the Geneva Centre and UNOG Library will propose an open discussion on the future of multilateralism in light of the legacy of two great figures of multilateralism - Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Maurice F. Strong, as depicted in two publications issued by the European Centre for Peace and Development (ECPD) in 2018, entitled Remembering Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and Remembering Maurice F. Strong respectively.

Copies of these publications will be available and a book signing with Mr Roberto Savio, coordinator of the publications, journalist; President Emeritus of Inter Press Service (IPS) and Chairman of IPS Board of Trustees, will be arranged after the debate. 

Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of United Nations Geneva, will deliver opening remarks. 

Introductory remarks will then be delivered by the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre, Ambassador Idriss Jazairy. Ambassador Jazairy will discuss his personal experience, with a focus on the evolution of the multilateral climate, taking the UN as an example. His presentation will underscore that multilateralism must be increasingly a people-driven, democratic process in order to maintain its legitimacy and relevance in today’s world.

The discussion will benefit from the participation of the following experts on the abovementioned topics:

  • Mr. Roberto Savio, Author; Journalist, President Emeritus of Inter Press Service (IPS) and Chairman of IPS Board of Trustees;


  • Prof. Thomas Biersteker, Professor of International Security and Director of Policy Research, Graduate Institute;


  • H. E.  Ms. Hala Hameed, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.

Ms. Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the Division of Conference Management at United Nations Office Geneva will moderate the debate.

All attendees who do not hold a UN badge are kindly requested to register on the online Indico platform at this link: https://reg.unog.ch/event/28856/ 


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Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 - 12:30 to 14:00

the United Nations Office in Geneva in the Library Events Room (B.135), Building B, First floor, at Palais Des Nations.

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