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ACUNS Annual Meeting
23-25 June 2022
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June 25, 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Virtual - Room S1 & Online

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: United Nations’ Resilience in Keeping, Making and Building Peace

  • Conflict Prevention and Mediation
  • International Institutions
  • International Law
  • Peace and Security
  • Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Motivated by a shared vision of a United Nations system prepared to address unforeseen challenges, this roundtable meets during the 35th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of ACUNS. A bridge linking opinion builders, policy makers and practitioners to promote a wider and better understanding of the United Nations with its evidence-based resilience in responding to existing, new, and intensifying challenges, ACUNS draws timely attention to the intensifying global challenges that include but are not confined to ongoing and frozen armed conflicts within and among the 193 countries in the world. Facing a concurrence of multiple challenges that know no territorial barriers, the international system still operates, and is likely to remain, tied with the state as the basic unit of global governance. This is happening amid an exponential growth in the emergence of civil society as a major stakeholder in conflict prevention to underpin a global commitment to accord priority attention to three of the 17 inter-related SDGs as evident in the Voluntary National Reviews: No Poverty; Zero Hunger; Promotion of Good Health and Well Being. The roundtable will aim to yield a forward-looking strategy for reaching specific targets to oversee compliance with a well-known criterion deployed in management circles. Known as SMART it stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource based, and Time-related.

  • Speakers

    • Swadesh RANA Swadesh Rana
      Swadesh Rana
      UN Department of Disarmament Affairs (Retired)
    • Ramu Damodaran
      UN Academic Impact (Retired)
    • Mehmet Kilic
      Journalists and Writers Foundation (United States)
    • Olivia R. Fernandes
      The HALO Trust (Afghanistan)
  • Chair

    • Alistair Edgar Alistair Edgar
      Alistair Edgar
      Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)