Date: 17 January 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue: The Danish Parliament building, Copenhagen, Denmark

Organizers: Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen, in cooperation with the Danish UN Association and the Academic Council on the UN System

Registration: Participation is free and open to the ACUNS community, but registration is necessary as seats are limited.
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The UN is currently finding its place in relation to contemporary conflicts and emerging types of threats to international peace and security. In this period of on-going reform efforts, the purpose of the conference is to strengthen the debate about how the UN contributes to international peace and security. Further, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss the role of small states and how these can improve international peace and security through the world organization.

The conference is hosted by Mogens Lykketoft, as former President of the UN General Assembly, and supported by the Hermod Lannung Foundation. Former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Jan Eliasson, will deliver the keynote address. Moreover, the conference will have three panel debates with world leading scholars and practitioner experts in each area. The themes of the panels will be:

  • The UN’s position in the new global order
  • The UN’s conflict management: Between peacekeeping, prevention, human rights, and development
  • The UN’s reforms: Progress or deadlock?

Speakers at this conference include:

  • Thomas Weiss, Presidential Professor, City University of New York
  • Ellen Margrethe Løj, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and former Permanent Representative of Denmark  to the UN Security Council
  • Sebastian von Einsiedel, Vice-Rector of the United Nations University
  • Michael Lollesgaard, Lt General, former Force Commander of MINUSMA
  • Emily Paddon Rhoads, Assistant Professor, Swarthmore College
  • Sam Daws, Director, Project on UN Governance and Reform, Oxford University
  • Raimonda Murmokaite, Director of the Security Policy Department, MFA of Lithuania, and former Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council
  • Ole Wæver, Professor, and Director of the Centre for the Resolution of International Conflicts, University of Copenhagen

Feature image photo credit:  Wikimedia Commons, Colin (cropped from original)