Have the United Nations Agencies Adapted to the 21st Century?

January 9 to 11, 2013

“Have the UN Agencies Adapted to the 21st Century?” is a question frequently raised, in a time of multiple new challenges confronting the 65-year old organization. In order to engage discussions around this question, the Academic  Council on the United Nations Vienna Liaison Office  organized a  conference with the UN Vienna-based organizations . The Conference, hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was held on 9-11 January 2013 in BR-A, Building M.

As the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on 3 January 2012, on the UN Radio: “The most difficult challenge at this time is how to modernize our organization, adapting to changes of the 21st century. Technology outpaces our current thinking and people’s ideas outpace our way of working. We have to make our organization more nimble, more efficient and effective, transparent and accountable.”

The IAEA, UNIDO, CTBTO, UNODC, and UNIS showcased their efforts to keep up and meet the challenges of the new Millennium to a critical audience of academics.

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Keynote Address: The Hague Institute for Global Justice President Abi Williams delivered the keynote address at the ACUNS 2013 Vienna UN Conference. The theme of his speech was: A Mixed Record: The United Nations and Adaptation in the 21st Century. Click here for more information


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