ICM Policy Paper: Global Pandemics and Global Public HealthRead more

The global health architecture is increasingly under strain. Pandemics and epidemics are occurring at an unprecedented rate in recent years, and the Ebola crisis in particular revealed serious flaws in the capability of the system to prevent and respond to these crises. As the links between health, development, and security challenges become ever clearer, the multilateral system anchored in (...)

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  • The UN’s Complex Role in Setting Norms: Q&A with Canadian Ambassador Guillermo RishchynskiRead more

    “The UN was created after the carnage of two world wars as a means of finding normative frameworks that could serve us all better in our problem solving,” said Guillermo Rishchynski, the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations. “But equally, it has a responsibility to bring to bear collective action in response to the problems that either are residual or emerging going forward.”
    Speaking to Global Observatory editor Marie O’Reilly, Mr. Rishchynski said the UN has been (...)

  • The Elusive Art of Negotiating Peace: Q&A with Lise HowardRead more

    The relatively short period from the end of the Cold War until the September 11 terrorist attacks was something of a golden age for using negotiations to end international conflicts such as civil wars, according to Lise Howard, associate professor of Government at Georgetown University.
    “We had a rise, a statistical rise that’s really quite clear, in negotiated settlements in civil wars,” Howard said, contrasting this with what had until then been the more common conclusion to such (...)

  • Reducing Violence Key to Poverty Reduction: Q&A With Sarah HearnRead more

    On the margins of the first ICM retreat, Global Observatory editor Marie O’Reilly spoke to Sarah Hearn, Associate Director at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University, about the interlinkages between security and development and the work of writing the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals.
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    Sarah, one of the remarks that came up quite frequently today was that one of the successful areas for the UN to date has actually been in (...)

  • The Case for Science Diplomacy: Q&A with Daryl CopelandRead more

    “You can’t call in an airstrike on a warming climate,” said Daryl Copeland, former Canadian diplomat and author of Guerilla Diplomacy, in outlining what he sees as the major challenges facing the multilateral system today.

    “You can’t garrison against the encroachment of pandemic disease, and you can’t send out an expeditionary force to occupy the alternatives to a carbon economy,”

    Copeland said science and technology-related issues such as these were greater threats than religious extremism and (...)

  • Strengthening a “Young and Robust” UN: Q&A with Antonio de Aguiar PatriotaRead more

    “I really see the UN at 70 as a young and robust organization capable of adapting to a new world, to new challenges, but there are also rigidities, there are also resistances to change,” said UN Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota of Brazil.
    Speaking with Global Observatory Editor Marie O’Reilly on the sidelines of the first ICM retreat on February 20, the ambassador said one area that acutely resisted change was the Security Council.
    “There are significant contributions that other (...)

"Our aim is to hear your concrete, practical ideas about how the system can be made better,” said ICM Chair Kevin Rudd.

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