4.3 The Role of Civil Society in an Internationalised World

Thomas G. Walsh, Chairman, Universal Peace Federation

The Relationship between NGOs and IGOs
> Christopher Yaw Abrompah,

The Architecture of Exclusion: Including Civil Society at the United Nations
> Leah R. Kimber, University of Geneva

75 Years of UN-NGO Interactions
> Cyril Ritchie, CoNGO First Vice President, Conference of NGOs in UN Relationship (CoNGO)

Multilateralism: Member States vis-a-vis International Civil Society and the UN System
> Thomas Ward, Professor of Peace and Development, Unification Theological Seminary


25 Jun 2020


3:10 pm - 4:10 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 25 Jun 2020
  • Time: 10:10 am - 11:10 am


Seminar Series 4


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  • Christopher Yaw Abrompah
    Cinematographer / Lecturer, Atinka Media Academy
  • Cyril Ritchie
    CoNGO First Vice President, Conference of NGOs in UN Relationship (CoNGO)

    Cyril Ritchie’s roles in international Civil Society have included; International Secretary, World University Service; Executive Director, International Council of Voluntary Agencies; Director, International Schools Association; President of the World Civil Society Conference; President of the International Civil Society Forum for Democracy; Chair, World Child Strategy, NGO Committee on UNICEF; Chair, Environment Liaison Centre International; President, Union of International Associations.
    Ritchie has participated in a large number of United Nations World Conferences and Summits, including Food (Rome), HABITAT (Vancouver and Istanbul), Environment and Development (Rio), Women (Nairobi), Nutrition (Rome), Social Development (Copenhagen), Sustainable Development (Johannesburg and Rio), World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva).

    Ritchie has been engaged in NGO and civil society liaison and advocacy mechanisms with many United Nations agencies and entities, inter alia ECOSOC, ESCAP, HLPF, UNDP, UNDPI UNEP, UNESCO, UNHCHR, UNHCR, WSIS Forum. Ritchie participates regularly in many annual or recurring UN Commissions and Sessions. Ritchie has been for six years a Visiting Professor at Kyung Hee University, Seoul. He is a member, inter alia, of the Academic Council on the UN System, CIVICUS, the International Baby Food Action Network, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health.

    Ritchie is based in Geneva, and has visited 90 countries.

  • Leah R. Kimber
    PhD Student, University of Geneva

    Leah R. Kimber is finalizing her PhD ( vivo expected in June 2020) in sociology of organizations at the University of Geneva. Her research interests pertain to civil society inclusion, gender, disasters under the bigger umbrella of the United Nations organization. Her PhD dissertation, entitled “The Architecture of Exclusion: Including Civil Society at the United Nations”, gives a fine-grained analysis of the Women’s Major Group inclusion and strategies to overcome exclusion in the lead up to the Sendai Framework dedicated to disaster risk reduction.

  • Thomas Walsh
    Chairman, Universal Peace Federation

    Thomas Walsh is the Chairman of the Universal Peace Federation; Chairman of the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation; and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations. With academic training in the field of Religious Studies and Ethics, he earned his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. He has been a teacher, author and editor, with specialization in areas of interfaith relations, religious studies, religion and peace, philosophy and social theory. He serves on the board of trustees of the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut, USA), Vice Chair of the International Council of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and on the board of directors of The Washington Times. He is Executive Editor of Dialogue and Alliance, a scholarly interfaith journal. He has contributed to and edited more than twenty books related to interfaith, peacebuilding and renewal of the United Nations; among these volumes are Renewing the United Nations and Building a Culture of Peace and The Millennium Declaration of the United Nations: A Response from Civil Society.

  • Thomas Ward
    Professor of Peace and Development, Unification Theological Seminary

    Thomas J. Ward served as Dean of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Public and International Affairs from 2000 until August 2018. In May 2019 he was named Distinguished Dean Emeritus of the University’s College of Public and International Affairs. In August 2019 Ward was appointed President and Professor of Peace and Development at Unification Theological Seminary in Manhattan. In addition to the administrative roles that he has assumed, Ward continues to teach graduate level courses and conducts research and publishes. Recent publications since 2015 include journal articles with IJWP, East Asia, and Asia-Pacific Journal. In February 2019 Park Statue Politics: World War II Comfort Women Memorials in the United States was published by E-International Relations (London).

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