“Multilateralism in Times of COVID-19: The Roles of the UN and the EU”, a Conversation with Prof. Mats Berdal

  • DATE / TIME:
    2020•09•15    18:30 - 19:00

    On 15 September 2020, UNU will host “Multilateralism in Times of COVID-19: The Roles of the UN and the EU” a virtual conversation with Prof. Mats Berdal, Professor of Security and Development, and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group, King’s College London. This event will be held via Zoom Webinar at 18:30 (JST).

    The COVID-19 pandemic is a tragic reminder of today’s interconnected world. The virus knows no borders, it is a global challenge requiring global solutions. Today, the pandemic represents the biggest transnational threat, yet nations are faced with many other global challenges – above all, climate change. Multilateralism is not only about confronting global risks; it is also about identifying global opportunities. In the COVID context, the discussion focuses on “building back better”, or the need to shape more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable societies. What is the role of international organisations like the United Nations, or regional organisations like the European Union, in times of crisis? What is the future of multilateralism at a time of challenged global trade, rising nationalism, and military build-up?

    Prof. Berdal will join UNU Executive Officer Dr. Sabine Becker-Thierry to discuss the future of multilateralism in the time of COVID-19, in relation to the UN and the EU.

    The UNU Virtual Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation via the Q&A tab. As permitted by time, a number of questions will be selected for speakers to address.

    Please note that this event is in English. Advance registration (by 14 September 2020) is required and is limited in capacity. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. Registrants will be sent a link on their emails to attend via Zoom Webinar on the day of the event.

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    About the speaker

    Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development in the Department of War Studies and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG) at King’s College London. Between 2000 and 2003 he was the Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). He recently penned What is This Thing Called Peace? (Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 2020) and What are the limits to the use of force in UN Peacekeeping? (United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2018).

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