“The Role of the UN in a Fragmenting World”, a Conversation with Sir Jeremy Greenstock, GCMG

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    2016•10•05    18:30 - 19:30

    On 5 October 2016, UNU will host “The Role of the UN in a Fragmenting World”, a conversation with Sir Jeremy Greenstock, GCMG, Chairman of Gatehouse Advisory Partners and Lambert Energy Advisory. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    In the past few months, the world has witnessed a number of events that have highlighted the transnational nature of today’s threats and challenges. Despite the need for global cooperation on many issues, from climate change to the refugee crisis, it is becoming increasingly difficult for countries and other actors to agree on their respective roles and responsibilities in responding to those challenges. In this context, many questions arise on the changing role of the UN and what the organisation can do to ease tensions and encourage international cooperation.

    Sir Jeremy Greenstock will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation assessing recent geopolitical trends, including the redistribution of power between developed and emerging economies, the impact of wider freedom and evolving technology on social and political behavior, and the growing resistance to international compromise and multilateral cooperation. The conversation will consider how these fragmenting pressures complicate the task of the UN, making the role of the next Secretary-General vital for the maintenance of international dialogue and problem-solving.

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

    About the speaker

    Sir Jeremy Greenstock is a former British diplomat and current chairman of strategic advisory companies Gatehouse Advisory Partners and Lambert Energy Advisory.

    He has had a distinguished career with the British Diplomatic Service, specialising in the Middle East, EU-US relations, and global affairs. His postings have included Deputy Ambassador with the British Embassy in Washington (1994–1995), UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (1998–2003).

    After serving as the UK’s Permanent Representative in New York, Sir Greenstock agreed to represent the UK within the ‎Coalition Provisional Authority, in 2003 in Iraq, emerging from his months there quite critical of operations and advance planning, as documented in the Report of the Iraq Inquiry (the “Chilcot Report”) documenting the UK’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 without UN Security Council authorisation and subsequent developments.

    Sir Greenstock was Assistant Master at Eton College for three years (1966–1969), followed by government service from 1969 to 2004. He then served as Director of the Ditchley Foundation (2004–2010), as Governor of the London Business School (2005–2008) and as Chairman of the UN Association – UK (2011­ to 2016).

    He now works concurrently as a member of the Chatham House Council, as a special adviser to the NGO Forward Thinking, as a policy adviser to the International Rescue Committee (UK), and as co-Chair of the European Eminent Persons Group on Middle East issues.

    Sir Greenstock graduated from Worcester College, Oxford, and studied Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Lebanon from 1970 to 1972.



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    United Nations University
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