UN, Peace and Security

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The President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, will organise a high-level Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly focused on UN, Peace and Security on 10-11 May 2016. This event will be a platform to identify key threats and engage in a strategic reflection about today’s challenges to international peace and security. Furthermore, it will allow for a consideration about the means, tools and instruments available within a UN-context to tackle these challenges as well as the responsibilities and institutions required for an effective collective security architecture.

Building on the common trends and synergies from the most recent UN peace and security reviews, including the review of UN peace operations [on the basis of both, the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the Secretary-General’s report on the future of UN peace operations], the Peacebuilding Architecture Review and the Global Study on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security, as well as a series of coordinated, independently organized regional workshops and seminars, the thematic debate will take place as the world is considering how best to implement the ambitious and wide-ranging 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change and who – as the next Secretary-General – will lead the UN in this and other equally vital tasks.

Member States will be invited to participate at the highest possible level. Observers, UN entities, civil society, research institutions with global and regional reach, media, and other stakeholders will also be invited to attend.

 

More information on the preparatory process and related events: 

Views from the field and civil society

High-level Thematic Debate in May 2016

The format will combine a high-level plenary segment with interactive sessions, including a ministerial-level lunch on the first day, specifically designed to engage participants and to encourage reflection on how to address today’s threats and achieve sustainable peace – internationally, regionally, nationally – and how the UN system can support Member States as the primary actors.

Programme HLTD on UN, Peace & Security


DAY I

TUESDAY

10 MAY 2016 

DAY II

WEDNESDAY

11 MAY 2016 

 
10AM-10.30AM

OPENING

H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Knowledge Insights – interlinkages in a complex world

Espen Barth Eide, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

E. Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former President of Indonesia
Ms. Leymah Gbowee, Liberia, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, SDG Advocate
H.E. Mr. Amre Moussa, former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

SESSION II

 Leading by Example: Innovative partnerships and responses

The session will focus on examples from the field looking above and beyond the most widely applied approaches, exploring examples of cross UN-system approaches to anchor peace and reconciliation.

MODERATOR

H.E. Ms. Susana Malcorra, Foreign Relations Minister, Argentina

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

H.E. Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former President of Sri Lanka, Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation
H.E. Dr. Abdusalam H. Omer, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia

INTERVENTIONS

H.E. Mr. Gert Rosenthal, Chair, Advisory Group of Experts on the 2015 review of the peacebuilding architecture
Mr. Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Assistant Administrator and Director, UNDP
Ms. Asma Mansour, Tunisian Center for Social Entrepreneurship

 10AM – 11.20AM
   10.30AM-1PM

HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY

In a World of Risks:
Today’s threats to international peace and security

What are the unique international peace and security challenges of our time? How can the UN respond to these threats, in particular those emanating from non-state and transnational actors?

Message from the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace

Mr. David Nabarro, Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, will introduce brief remarks by FAO Director-General Mr. Graziano da Silva and 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate Mr Muhammad Yunus (live streamed from Rome).

11.20AM – 11.30AM

SESSION III

Responsibility for Implementation: Beyond the current conundrum

The session will focus on implementation, partnerships and accountability for delivering on commitments. It will reflect on the role of all stakeholders their specific relations with the UN institutional under existing frameworks and ways to enhance the level of effectiveness.

MODERATOR

Mr. Espen Barth Eide, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus

The moderator will engage all participating Ministers starting with Mr. Alain Le Roy, Secretary-General, External Action Service, European Union.

INTERVENTIONS

H.E. Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Chair, High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations
Mr. Alvaro Estaban Pop, Chair, The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

11.30AM – 1PM
 1PM-2.50PM

MINISTERIAL-LEVEL LUNCH

The Next Secretary-General in a World of Risks: Expectations vs. Realities

MODERATOR

Mr. Ian Martin, Executive Director, Security Council Report
(by invitation only)

HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY (continued)

In a World of Risks:
Today’s threats to international peace and security

What are the unique international peace and security challenges of our time? How can the UN respond to these threats, in particular those emanating from non-state and transnational actors?

  1.15PM-5.55PM
 3PM-6PM

SESSION I

Sustainable Peace in a World of Risks: Is the UN effective in preventing and managing conflicts?

The session will ask how the UN can remain the preeminent relevant actor and credibly respond to these threats, in particular those emanating from non-state and transnational actors? Are the means, instruments and policies available within a UN-context adequate to tackle today’s threats to international peace and security? Do they effectively motivate confidence in UN peace operations – and do they sufficiently incentivize coherence and consistency in support of the UN? What is needed for the UN peace and security architecture to engage new and emerging actors?

MODERATOR

Dr. Bruce Jones, Vice-President and Director, Brookings Institution

INTERVENTIONS

Ms. Sigrid Kaag, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Mr. Alexandre Marc, Chief Technical Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence World Bank Group
Mr. Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute
Ms. Saba Ismail, Executive Director, Aware Girls, Pakistan
Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Director, NYU Center on International Cooperation

Inputs from the field – key conclusions from regional workshops

Mr. Cedric de Coning (NUPI)
Mr. Ashraf Swelam (CCCPA)
Ms. Adriana Abdenur (Igarapé)

CLOSING REMARKS

H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly

5.55PM-6PM

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