About the Meeting
Seventy years after Dumbarton Oaks, as the international community also prepares in one more year to mark the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the 2014 ACUNS Annual Meeting at Kadir Has University offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to address a number of questions concerning the health and vitality of contemporary global governance. Across broad and critical themes of global conflict and security resolution, political economy, environment and sustainable development, justice and human rights, social affairs, and multilateral diplomacy, ACUNS members and others are invited to pose their own questions of power and knowledge, agency, architecture, accountability and responsiveness; of strengths, weaknesses, and continuing gaps in global leadership at different levels; of newly emerging or declining norms, practices, and instruments; of institutional and relational adaptation or stasis. What has been achieved, and what appears to have failed, in efforts to provide or promote good global governance processes and outcomes related to issues in these thematic areas? What has not (yet) been attempted? What lessons have been learned from successes and from failures, and what still needs to be learned? Who or what is, or should be, responsible  – multilateral organizations and institutions, states (which ones?), the private sector, NGOs and civil society – and under what conditions? What can or should the UN – as a political body, as an international organization, and as a set of ideas and values – reasonably be expected to accomplish in providing global governance leadership? What are the viable alternatives, if any?

Hans Corell 125Keynote Speaker: H.E. Mr Fernando Arias

H.E. Mr Fernando Arias was appointed Director-General of the OPCW in December 2017 by the Conference of the States Parties at its Twenty-Second Session and began his four-year term of office on 25 July 2018. Immediately prior to his appointment as OPCW Director-General, he served as the Kingdom of Spain’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of the Netherlands as well as Permanent Representative to the OPCW from 2014-2018.Arias has been a career diplomat since 1979 and has extensive multilateral experience with issues of weapons of mass destruction as well as bilateral experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, North America and South America. During the past decade, he has represented Spain at international organisations such as the OPCW and the United Nations (UN). He served as the Vice-President of the OPCW’s Executive Council from 2017 to 2018. At the UN, he served as Spain’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative from 2012 to 2013. While at the UN, he was Vice-President of the 68th Session of the General Assembly and Vice President of the ECOSOC.