“The Past and the Future of the United Nations”, a Conversation with Dr. Danilo Türk

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    2014•04•24    18:30 - 19:30

    On 24 April 2014 the United Nations University will host “The Past and the Future of the United Nations”, a Conversation with Dr. Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia (2007–2012), distinguished lawyer, diplomat, and human rights expert.

    Dr. Türk and UNU Rector David M. Malone will focus their discussion on the UN’s past and future in three main areas: security, development, and human rights.

    Dr. Türk has worked intensely in these areas for over 40 years, beginning in his days as a student and continuing from his position on the teaching faculty at the University of Ljubljana in the late 1970s and 1980s. In this period, which he has described as the “Golden Age of Human Rights”, Dr. Türk worked with various non-governmental organizations, providing him with his first opportunity to engage with the United Nations.

    For the next twenty years (1986 to 2005) he was directly involved in many aspects of international diplomacy and worked at the highest levels of the United Nations system. In this conversation, Dr. Türk will reflect upon his very successful career as a diplomat and UN official, and share his insider’s perspective on these important themes.

    For anyone interested in candid and practical insights on the United Nations landscape and outlook, this event should not be missed.

    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 cordially 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 23 April) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Dr. Danilo Türk was the third President of the Republic of Slovenia (2007-2012). He is a professor of international law and has worked as a diplomat and a human rights expert. He is the author of over 100 articles published in law journals as well as the author of several UN studies and two books.

    From 1984 to 1992 he was a member of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities and served as Special Rapporteur on the questions of realization of economic, social and cultural rights. In 1987 Dr. Türk initiated the establishment of the Human Rights Council in Slovenia.

    From 1992–2000 Dr. Türk was the first Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations and was active in the General Assembly and its various committees and working groups, including the working group on reform of the UN Security Council. He led the campaign for election of Slovenia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 1997 and represented his country on the Security Council from 1998 to 1999. He was also chairman of the Council’s sanctions committee on Libya.

    Dr. Türk served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs from 2000–2005 dealing with issues of conflict prevention and with a number of specific situations including in Palestine, Kosovo, Colombia, Haiti and Myanmar. He returned to Slovenia in 2005 and resumed teaching international law in Ljubljana.




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