“The United Nations in a Time of Trouble”, a Conversation with Professor Sir Adam Roberts

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    2019•03•04    18:30 - 19:30

    On 4 March 2019, UNU will host “The United Nations in a Time of Trouble” a conversation with Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow in International Relations and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College at the University of Oxford. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The last decade has witnessed a decline in public confidence in the United Nations. The failure of the UN Security Council to act on several crises (including in Syria and Yemen), increasing hostility towards multilateralism from some governments, and more targeted attacks against United Nations peacekeepers, have all seen the role and core purposes of the United Nations openly challenged. Yet, elements of cooperation among Member States continue, such as the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Despite this, there is still widespread concern about the organisation’s capacity to adapt to new security threats such as proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organised crime, and terrorism. Have Member States grasped the scope of the challenges they face? How are great power tensions having an impact on international cooperation? What role can the UN play in the current geopolitical climate?

    Prof. Roberts will join UNU Rector David M. Malone to discuss the UN’s recent difficulties and its future roles in a geopolitical environment of great power rivalry and weakening multilateralism.

    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 this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 3 March) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Professor Sir Adam Roberts is a Senior Research Fellow in International Relations, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He was previously the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University from 1986–2007 and President of the British Academy from 2009–2013. Further, he is a member of various boards, councils, institutes, and societies in the field of international relations. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 2002 for services to the study and practice of international relations. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates by King’s College London, Aberdeen University, Aoyama Gakuin University, and Bath University.

    Professor Roberts’ first degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History at the University of Oxford. His interests include mountaineering and cycling.

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