Thursday, February 10, 2011, 1:15—2:45 p.m.
New York, UNHQ—Delegates Dining Room
The world is facing various interconnected global crises—related to climate change, food security, water and resource scarcity, and the stability of the global economic and financial system. As a consequence, social inequality has increased, millions of jobs are being lost and human development is at stake.This situation presents unprecedented challenges to the multilateral system and its institutional framework. The elevation of the G20 to the Leaders’ level in 2008— now widely perceived as an effective and necessary emergency response to the financial crisis—has raised the stakes for the UN’s inclusive and formal multilateralism, which must now show that it can be as effective in dealing with global crises as the informal clubs of the most powerful countries. This state of affairs raises the urgent question to Member States: What reforms are necessary for the UN to play a leading role in global governance?
Keynote: Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly. (picture)
Speakers:Ambassador Puri from the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Ambassador Argüello from the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN and, Mr. Martin Lees, International Affairs Expert, The Climate Change Task Force and former Secretary General of the Club of Rome (2008-2010).