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Keynote Address
“The United Nations in Today’s and Tomorrow’s Global Landscape”

We are pleased to announce that Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson will be giving the Keynote Address at the 2016 Annual Meeting.



John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture
“Security and Justice at a Crossroads : the Future of Global Governance”

We are also pleased to announce that the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture at the 2016 Annual Meeting will be given by H.E. Ibrahim Gambari, Co-Chair, Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance; former Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN; and former Foreign Minister of Nigeria. Ambassador Gambari is also co-chair for the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, which is a joint project of The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Stimson Center.


Special Plenary
“The 2016 UN Secretary-General Election: A Watershed?”

Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York
H.E. Matthew Rycroft, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN
Natalie Samarasinghe, Executive Director, UNA-UK Gillian Sorensen, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General

Procedure of Selecting and Appointing the next UN Secretary-General
1 for 7 Billion

Plenary I
“Education as the Engine of Development and Dignity”

Mary Farrell, Professor, University of Plymouth
Martin Edwards, Director, Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies, Seton Hall University
Yasushi Katsuma, Director, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies; Dean, International Studies Program, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Gonzalo Sánchez-Terán, Deputy Humanitarian Programs Director, Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation
Nanette Svenson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Payson Center for International Development, Tulane University

Education and Sustainable Development
UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education

Plenary II
“Realizing Gender Equity in the UN’s Next 70 Years: Investments, Action, Results”

Thomas Biersteker, Gasteyger Professor of International Security and Conflict Studies; Director, Programme for the Study of International Governance, Graduate Institute, Geneva
H.E. Juan Carlos Mendoza García, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN
Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University
Huang He, Deputy Director General, United Nations Association of China
Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations; Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality
Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Plenary III
“The Role of Faith in Meeting the Challenges of Development and Dignity”

Margaret P. Karns, Visiting Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts Boston; Professor Emerita of Political Science, University of Dayton
Andrea Bartoli, Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University
Anwar Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Relief USA
Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service

Faith and Sustainable Development

Plenary IV
“Takeaways from the World Humanitarian Summit”

Stephen Browne, Co-Director, Future UN Development System (FUNDS) Project, CUNY Graduate Center
Lesley Bourns, Policy Analysis and Innovation Section, Policy Development and Studies Branch, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Giulio Coppi, Humanitarian Innovation Fellow, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University
H.E. Oh Joon, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN; President of ECOSOC

Chair’s Summary on the World Humanitarian Summit
World Humanitarian Summit: Winners and Losers


Special Events
BOOK TALK & SIGNING: Bound by Conflict: Dilemmas of the Two Sudans

Sponsored by the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University and Fordham University Press

H.E. Francis Deng, Permanent Representative of Republic of South Sudan to the UN and former Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide



unlaststationDOCUMENTARY SCREENING: The United Nations: Last Station Before Hell

Lise Morjé Howard, Department of Government, Georgetown University

Trailer UN, last station before hell directed by Pierre-Olivier François from Marie Camdessus on Vimeo.