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The United Nations in the 21st century - a perspective from a developing country

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LSE Lecture Series: The United Nations at 60 - relic or relevant?

Date: Wednesday 25 October 2006
Time: 6.30pm
Venue
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Chair: Howard Davies

UN 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. 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 organization, and in particular for developing countries for whom multilateralism provides a vital framework for addressing their concerns.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini 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 hosted jointly by LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance, Development Studies Institute|, International Relations department|, the Ralph Miliband Programme| and supported by LSE Annual Fund.

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|'. 

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Transcript

The United Nations in the 21st century - a perspective from a developing country| (PDF)

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk| or phone 020 7955 6043

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