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Negotiating Multilateralism in a Changing World

Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Anna Karin Eneström, Fabrizio Hochschild
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A conversation with the Co-Chairs of the UN75 Political Declaration Process

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In June 2019 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution requesting Member States to negotiate a UN75 Political Declaration. Working under the theme “The future we want, the UN we need,” the declaration aims to strengthen multilateralism, and to reaffirm the central role of the United Nations.

Member States negotiated and finalised the declaration at a time when COVID-19 was sending health and socio-economic shockwaves across the globe. It will be adopted on 21 September 2020 during a special General Assembly session to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

Join us for a conversation with the Permanent Representatives of Sweden and Qatar to the United Nations in New York.

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25 August 2020, 18:15 (UTC+2) with  Zoom


Together we will discuss:

  • Key elements of the UN75 political declaration

  • Political challenges and opportunities, in light of COVID-19, changing global trends and rising geopolitical tensions

  • Challenges and opportunities of the virtual negotiation working methods

  • Implications for the future of the United Nations, including the follow up mechanism that empowers the SG to work on recommendations “to advance our common agenda and to respond to current and future challenges.

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  • H.E. Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar

  • H.E. Anna Karin Eneström, Permanent Representative of Sweden

  • Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the UN 75th Anniversary

  • Liliana Andonova, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Head of Interdisciplinary Programmes and Academic co-Director of the Centre for International Environmental Studies



  • Dr. Cecilia Cannon, Academic Advisor to the UN75 initiative and Co-director of the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-making


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