“The Architecture, Art, and Substance of Effective Diplomacy”, a Conversation with Ambassador André Corrêa do Lago


  • DATE / TIME:
    2018•02•28    18:30 - 19:30

    On 28 February 2018, UNU will host “The Architecture, Art, and Substance of Effective Diplomacy, a conversation with H.E. André Corrêa do Lago, Ambassador of Brazil to Japan.

    Diplomacy is seldom witnessed by the public, and the fruits of its labour are rarely recognised. Nonetheless, effective diplomacy has in fact brought about peaceful solutions to tense situations, such as the negotiation of Brazil’s border in its infancy. It has also allowed states, with ambition to set the agenda on issues of the future. Examples of such successes are particularly prevalent in the environmental field, with the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change being a couple of very few treaties with universal ratification at the United Nations. Though effective diplomacy enabled bilateral and multilateral successes such as these, in some instances important contribution remains unnoticed or is simply forgotten. What are the key dimensions and facets of diplomacy? And how is effective diplomacy constructed and practiced?

    Ambassador Corrêa do Lago will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation through the annals of history examining cases in which diplomacy and artful negotiation aided in bringing about change in challenging circumstances.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 27 February) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    André Corrêa do Lago is the Ambassador of Brazil to Japan and has served at the Brazilian Embassies in Madrid, Prague, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, and at the Mission to the European Union, in Brussels. He has also held functions in Brasília in areas such as sustainable development, energy, and climate change, having recently been his country’s chief negotiator to Rio+20 Conference and Director of the Department of the Environment in the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Ambassador Corrêa do Lago, a recognised architectural critic, is also a distinguished author of several articles and books, including on the work of Oscar Niemeyer, Claudio Bernardes, and Paulo Jacobsen, and on Brazilian modern architecture. He was the curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, and has been appointed this year to the jury of architecture’s most prestigious award, the Pritzker Architecture Prize.


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    United Nations University
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