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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of South Africa, will give a public lecture at LSE on Wednesday 25 October. The event will explore the United Nations in the 21st century: a perspective from a developing country.
United Nations member states were unable to agree to all the reform proposals made by secretary general Kofi Annan in 2005. The reform proposals were premised on the realisation that the threats facing the world today are interconnected and require a new system of collective security with the United Nations at its centre. However, the response of UN member states to the challenges facing the world is still parochial and based largely on self-interest.
Dr Zuma will argue that a new collective security system cannot be constructed unless there is a commitment to addressing, in a balanced manner, the threats and challenges facing all States - big and small. The United Nations remains an indispensable organisation, and in particular for developing countries for whom multilateralism provides a vital framework for addressing their concerns.
Dr Zuma is minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of South Africa, a position she has held since 1999. She was previously health minister in the government of Nelson Mandela.
This event is one in a series of lectures on the United Nations at 60 - relic or relevant?, marking the 60th anniversary of the first session of the UN. Other speakers in the series include Judge Rosalyn Higgins, president of the International Court of Justice; Sir Richard Jolly, former assistant secretary general of the UN and co-director of the UN Intellectual History Project; and Edwin Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation.
Howard Davies, director of LSE, will chair this event.
The United Nations in the 21st century - a perspective from a developing country is on Wednesday 25 October 2006 at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A.
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The United Nations at 60 - relic or relevant? lecture series marks the 60th anniversary of the first session of the UN.
The next event in the series will take place on Monday 13 November. Judge Rosalyn Higgins will present a lecture entitled The ICJ, the United Nations System and the Rule of Law.
The series is jointly hosted by LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance, Development Studies Institute, International Relations department, the Ralph Miliband Programme and supported by LSE's Annual Fund.
The voice of a nation (30 Oct 06)
Article refers to South African foreign minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who lectured at LSE on Wednesday 25 October.
18 October 2006