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Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, and Mary Robinson, former senior officials of the system of United Nations, will debate Reforming the UN and other international institutions on Thursday 1 April at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

This event is organised by LSE and the World Campaign for the In-depth Reform of the System of International Institutions. The World Campaign intends to encourage a series of reforms of international institutions towards a global system of democratic governance through representative procedures involving the participation of all the actors of the world scene. Its key objective is to contribute to establishing a consistent, transparent, responsible and effective global architecture based on developing international legislation whose democratic value and legitimacy is widely accepted.

At the heart of this system would be a stronger, more democratic United Nations Organisation, with effective control over all its bodies and agencies and over all global multilateral organisations. Such an institutional system would be empowered to contribute to building a fairer, more equitable, diverse, sustainable and peaceful world.

  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali served as the sixth secretary general of the United Nations from 1992-96. He is now chairman of the South Centre, a grouping of forty six developing countries that champions South-South co-operation.
  • Federico Mayor Zaragoza served as the director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 1987- 99. He now chairs the Madrid-based Fundación Cultura de Paz (Foundation for the Culture of Peace), which he founded in 2000.
  • Mary Robinson is a former UN high commissioner for human rights and is currently director of the Ethical Globalisation Initiative.

This debate will be chaired by David Held, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at LSE, and Josep Xercavins, coordinator of the Ad Hoc Secretariat of the UBUNTU Forum and the World Campaign for the Reform of International Institutions.

Reforming the UN and other international institutions is on Thursday 1 April at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. 

Members of the public: All tickets for this event have now been allocated. 

  • Returns queue: There will be a returns queue in operation for this event. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located on the ground floor of the Old Building, next to the Old Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.
  • Video Link Venue: There will also be a live video link to the New Theatre, East Building. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry to this venue will be on a first come, first serve basis. Doors to this venue will open at 5.30pm.


Members of the press: A limited number of press tickets are available and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| to request a ticket.


This event is co-hosted by the World Campaign for in-depth Reform of the System of International Institutions.

For details of all other events at LSE, visit www.lse.ac.uk/events| 


To read a transcript of Boutros Boutros-Ghali's speech, click here|

updated 24 March 2004