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08: The United Nations and global security – expectations and present day realities

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Since the establishment of the United Nations after the Second World War, the international security environment has grown increasingly complex and interconnected. Today s security threats go far beyond states waging war against each other. They extend to transnational security challenges, such as global terrorism, organized crime and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Today s realities are also characterized by an emerging shift in the distribution of power in the international system. New and evolving forms of multilateral cooperation, such as the G-20, regional and sub-regional organizations, and formal or informal trans-regional networks are responding to specific needs of the international community. These dramatic changes pose important questions for the future of the UN. Can it continue to play a leadership and norm-setting role? How can partnerships at the global, regional, and sub-regional levels be made more effective? How can synergies in global governance be identified and managed?

Vortragende

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels
Senior Fellow and Director of Research, IPI - International Peace Institute; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York Chair
President, IPI - International Peace Institute, New York Chair

Dr. Thomas MAYR-HARTING

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

1977 Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna
1977-1978 Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges
1978 Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague
1979 Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service
1982-1986 Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels
1986-1990 Austrian Embassy, Moscow
1991-1993 Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna
1993-1995 Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna
1995-1999 Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
1999-2003 Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels
2002-2004 Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans
2003-2004 Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna
2003-2008 Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna
2008-2011 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York
2009-2010 Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York
2011 Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York
2011-2015 Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin
 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
since 2015 Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels

MA Francesco MANCINI

Senior Fellow and Director of Research, IPI - International Peace Institute; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York

 As Director of Research at IPI, Francesco Mancini serves as principal liaison between the program staff and the office of the President Terje Rød-Larsen. He helps to connect the different program agendas with institutional priorities. He also heads the larger IPI program "Coping with Crisis, Conflict, and Change" and directs IPI work on peace operations. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University s School of International and Public Affairs, and held the same position for two years at New York University. Since 2004, he has been teaching a graduate-level seminar on conflict assessment.
 Prior to joining IPI, Francesco served as an Associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he co-managed the Worldwide Security Initiative, a program designed to enhance international cooperation in addressing new security threats, particularly transnational terrorism. From 1996 to 2001, Francesco was a senior management consultant at Charles Riley Consultants International in Paris, where he focused on business strategy and change management, managing multi-million dollar reforms in major public sector companies in France, Italy, and Morocco.
 He earned his BS in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. He received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University´s School of International and Public Affairs where he studied International Security Policy and Conflict Resolution. While at Columbia, he was awarded a fellowship within the Satzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. In 2002, he researched the peace negotiations in Cyprus at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia

Terje ROD-LARSEN

President, IPI - International Peace Institute, New York

 Terje Rød-Larsen has been President of the International Peace Institute since January 2005. He serves concurrently as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559 (2004). He began his career as an academic, teaching sociology, political science, and philosophy at the Universities of Bergen and Oslo, before establishing the Fafo Institute for Applied Sciences in Oslo in 1981. As Director of Fafo, he initiated a research project into the living conditions of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which led to a request by the PLO in 1992 that he help establish a secret channel for negotiations between the PLO and the Government of Israel. The subsequent talks between Israelis and Palestinians concluded with the Oslo Accords and the signing of the Declaration of Principles at the White House on September 13, 1993.
 In 1993, he was appointed Ambassador and Special Adviser for the Middle East Peace process to the Norwegian Foreign Minister. In mid-1994, he was appointed United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories at the rank of Under-Secretary-General. In 1996, he became Norwegian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Planning and Cooperation, before re-joining the United Nations. From 1999 to December 2004, he served as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, holding the rank of Under-Secretary-General

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