On 14 July 2016, UNU will host “Future Challenges for the United Nations“, a conversation with Susana Malcorra, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
The past year has been a landmark period for the UN. Not only did the organisation celebrate its 70th anniversary, it also adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a global agreement on development financing, facilitated the negotiation of the Paris climate agreement, hosted the World Humanitarian Summit, and undertook important reviews of its peace operations and peacebuilding architecture. While these processes reaffirmed the indispensability of the UN in the global order, they also revealed that the UN faces difficulties in effectively responding to evolving and growing threats and challenges, from armed conflicts to climate change, refugee flows, violent extremism, arms proliferation, human rights violations, and persistent poverty.
Susana Malcorra will join UNU Centre for Policy Research Director Sebastian von Einsiedel for a conversation on how the UN will have to evolve and adapt in order to meet these new challenges. The conversation will examine what the UN must do in order to ensure that it maintains its relevance and legitimacy, maximises its impact, and delivers on the promises of its Charter during a time of global change and upheaval.
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 13 July) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Ms. Susana Malcorra was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship by the President of the Argentine Republic, Mr. Mauricio Macri, on 10 December 2015. Before joining the government of Argentina, Ms. Malcorra spent well over a decade in senior-most positions at the United Nations, most recently as Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General, a post she held from 2012–2015. In that position she was deeply involved in a wide range of tasks, from handling diplomatic negotiations to coordinating crisis response mechanisms.
From 2008–2012, Ms. Malcorra served as Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support, where she was charged with providing logistical, communications, personnel, and financial support services to UN Peacekeeping Operations. Prior to that she served for four years as the Chief Operating Officer of the World Food Programme (WFP).
Before joining the UN, Ms. Malcorra spent 25 years in the private sector. Ms. Malcorra began her corporate career as an engineer at IBM, eventually moving up to CEO of Telecom Argentina, one of the largest companies in Argentina at the time.
Ms. Malcorra holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rosario. She is married and has a son.