“Challenges and Opportunities for the New UN Secretary-General”, a Conversation with Sam Daws


  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•03•28    18:30 - 19:30

    On 28 March 2017, UNU will host “Challenges and Opportunities for the New UN Secretary-General”, a conversation with Sam Daws, Director of the Project on UN Governance and Reform at the University of Oxford. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    From protracted conflicts in the Middle East and Africa to mass migration and climate change, the world is facing increasing challenges that no country can solve alone. Despite the need for coordinated regional or international responses, scepticism over the value and relevance of multilateral institutions is on the rise. This loss of confidence in multilateralism by some — alongside the shifting of world political and economic power towards the south and the east, and the complexities of tackling endemic poverty and global warming — will place the United Nations under increasing pressure to meet the demands of changing times. Will the UN be able to innovate and adapt its structures? Will it be able to attract young and new talent? And can the UN develop dynamic partnerships to move the organisation forward?

    Dr Daws will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation assessing the future of the UN at a time of challenge, and how its new Secretary-General, António Guterres, can steer the organisation towards an era of opportunities.

    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 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Sam Daws is Director of the Project on UN Governance and Reform at the University of Oxford. Over the last 30 years, he has held a variety of UN-related positions. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Deputy Director for the Cabinet Office (United Kingdom), advising the prime minister and his envoy on the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Previously, he held the position of Senior Principal Research Analyst in the Multilateral Policy Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK). From 2000 to 2003, Dr Daws served as First Officer in the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He became Executive Director of the United Nations Association-UK in 2004, and was then appointed as Senior Advisor and UK representative to the United Nations Foundation.

    Dr Daws has published 13 books on the UN. He co-edited The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations (2008), and The United Nations (2015), an eight-volume collection of journal articles on the organisation. He also co-authored The United Nations: A Concise Political Guide (1994), and The Procedure of the UN Security Council (2014).


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    United Nations University
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