UNU Conversation Series

UNU Conversation Series

The UNU Conversation Series provides a unique public platform for influential experts, world leaders and respected scholars and authors to share personal insights on contemporary global affairs, politics, and media. Held in Tokyo at UNU headquarters, the Conversations are hosted and moderated by UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. The events are free and open to the public, and offer a distinctly cordial atmosphere allowing the audience to engage with featured guests, ask questions and share their ideas, both during the Conversations and at casual receptions that follow each event.

View all upcoming and previous Conversations.

 

Recent Conversations

Prof. Margaret MacMillan

Prof. Margaret MacMillan

“Why Do We Still Think about the First World War?”

Professor Margaret MacMillan and UNU Rector David M. Malone explored the reasons behind the First World War, why the debate of its causes still captivates the world 100 years later and assessed the long-term consequences of the war for the societies that fought in it and for the world.

Event Listing | Video Interview

William Lacy Swing

William Lacy Swing

“Migration in the World Today”

Ambassador William Lacy Swing and Sebastian von Einsiedel (Director, UNU Centre for Policy Research), discussed the current myths and reality of global migration trends and the challenges and opportunities of migration policy, while considering some of IOM’s cross-cutting efforts to manage today’s complex migration issues at the intersections of human rights, international law, peace and security, gender equality and health.

Event Listing | Video Interview

Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor

“The UN at 70 — Still Relevant?”

Dr Shashi Tharoor and UNU Rector David M. Malone explored the debates about the UN’s role and relevance at 70, its future prospects, criticisms of its structure and functioning and calls for reform in a world dramatically different from that in which it was founded.

Event Listing | Video Interview
 
 
 
 
 

 

Candid Interviews

Pre-Event VideoFor those unable to attend the Conversations in Tokyo, pre-event video interviews offer concise perspectives on the topics discussed at the public events. Watch the Interviews