Annual Meeting 2021

Toward a Fit for Future UN System
June 24-26, 2021

Thanks to all who joined our 2021 Annual Meeting.

The 2021 Annual Meeting, 24-26 June 2021, featured an outstanding global effort with approximately 500 participants spanning all the world’s time zones. Our six headliner plenary sessions included the formal launch of the Global Governance Innovation Network. View our plenary sessions on the ACUNS YouTube channel. The Annual Meeting included 57 panels and roundtables and highlighted 12 recently published books. See the Complete Program here.

ACUNS thanks all who attended the meeting, presented papers, and made contributions as roundtable participants, chairs, and discussants. A special thanks to our plenary speakers including but not limited to Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, Under-Secretary-General Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, Dr. Kingsley Moghalu, and Dr. Marie McAuliffe.

We thank our meeting staff from Georgetown University, the Stimson Center, the Texas A&M University School of Law, and the University of Tokyo. We thank Brill Publishers for its support of the 2021 ACUNS Annual Meeting. 

Please complete a short survey about your ACUNS 2021 Annual Meeting experience. For anyone requiring a Certification of Participation, please request here.

We hope to see you at our 2022 Annual Meeting (location coming soon). In the meantime, please visit the ACUNS website for information on UN-related activities and opportunities. We welcome ACUNS members to submit news about research, events, or opportunities of interest to the ACUNS community. Log into your ACUNS account to complete the Member News Form. For non-members, we invite you to sign up for the ACUNS Monthly Bulletin

Lise M. Howard, Georgetown University

Charlotte Ku, Texas A&M University School of Law
Past President

About the Conference

Across the global landscape, many are calling for action to improve human security, dignity, social justice, global public health, protection of basic human rights, and multilateral cooperation. Despite obstacles, we are entering an era of renewed commitments to a “Common Agenda” for multilateral engagement, heralding the promise of a UN system that is truly “fit for future.”

In 2021, we ask: how can we make the UN system “fit for future,” and the UN itself “fit for purpose”? How can scholars, practitioners, students, science and technology experts, and community-based actors collaborate more fruitfully in devising integrative pathways that will result in growth and prosperity for all?

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ACUNS thanks Brill Nijhoff, publisher of Global Governance, for its generous support of the 2021 ACUNS Annual Meeting.

The ACUNS Annual Meeting is a global conference that provides the ACUNS community with a unique opportunity to discuss cutting-edge research and policy developments focused on the UN and global governance. Each year, the Annual Meeting is held in a different location. It brings together scholars and practitioners from around the world, providing a chance to exchange ideas and establish new connections.