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The United Nations at the Cross-roads

LSE Public Lecture

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2004
Time: 6.30pm
: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Sir Emyr Jones-Parry, British Ambassador to the United Nations
Chair: Howard Davies

The UN is going through volatile and traumatic times.  The initial unity of the Security Council, forged immediately after 9/11, fractured into angry disagreement over how to deal with Saddam Hussein; the "Oil for Food" scandal continues to stain and spread; the bombing of the UN mission in Iraq last summer killed senior UN staff and was a terrible blow to morale.  Meanwhile the UN wrestles with underlying issues like the changing nature of sovereignty and the challenge of human rights.  So when Kofi Annan addressed the General Assembly last autumn, he said bluntly that the UN was a a fork in the road, a moment of choice as important as the moment of its foundation in 1945.  At the Secretary-General's suggestion, a High Level Panel was recruited to examine all aspects of the UN, with no issues barred from consideration.  It reports in December 2004.

Ambassador Sir Emyr Jones-Parry is Britain's Permanent Representative to the UN and he has been in the very middle of these dramatic developments.  His lecture will give anyone interested in the future of the UN a chance to hear an unusually authoritative view of the UN at these cross-roads.  What are the options?  What are the obstacles?  Which direction will it - should it - take?

Sir Emyr Jones-Parry is British Ambassador to the United Nations and has been in post since 2003.  He joined the Foreign Office in 1973 and prior to his current position was the UK's permanent representative on the North Atlantic Council.

Howard Davies is Director of LSE.

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. 

All tickets for members of the public, LSE staff and alumni have now been allocated.  Tickets for this event have all been distributed as of Wednesday 3 November.  Please note that one ticket per applicant was sent out.  Any requests for more than one ticket were refused.  Any applicants who were unsuccessful in their ticket request have been advised.

All ticket for LSE students have also all been allocated.

Please note that for this event you were only be able to request one ticket due to expected high demand for tickets. Any requests for more than one ticket were refused.

Returns Queue:
There will be a returns queue in operation for the Hong Kong Theatre.  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 Clement House, next to the Hong Kong Theatre.  Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.

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