UN at LSE events


We regularly host events both open to the public and in-private, with the aim to increase engagement and awareness of the Human Security Partnership Framework

Business leaders and people who run businesses or work in the private sector are confronted by a moment in time when very significant choices are called for

Achim Steiner, Head of UNDP

UN Business and Human Security Initiative


Multistakeholder Collaboration in a Digital Age: challenges and opportunities of the information landscape

Policy, business and activist leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities of using technology in collective efforts to resolve complex problems.

Critical Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, argues that we need to step up multi-stakeholder co-operation and collective efforts to combat challenges that are exacerbated by crises like COVID-19 and climate change. The lecture marked the launch of the LSE IDEAS report Maximising business contributions to sustainable development and positive peace. A human security approach.

Partnering with business to promote human security and the SDGs: comparative experiences

How can business collaborate with other actors to find innovative solutions to contemporary development and security issues facing societies and policymakers? This conference was held over two days, Tuesday 13 April and Wednesday 14 April 2021, with the University of Rosario.

Testing Innovative Social Impact Measurement by Businesses in Complex Contexts

How can businesses measure their social impact in fragile and conflict-affected settings? Mark van Dorp, Marcel Smits, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Irina van der Sluijs, and Remco Slim present a new methodology that applies human security and Positive Peace approaches to corporate engagements with communities.

ImpactFest 2020 - Institute for Economics & Peace - Testing innovative social impact measurement

"How can businesses measure their actual social impact in complex settings? A new approach is presented that can help to decide what is truly material for companies operating in high-risk contexts and how this can define the corporate responsibility toward the local communities. The webinar sought to capitalise on increasing interest by the private sector in demonstrating positive social impact and allowed participants to debate the usefulness of the approach and how to meet the challenge of improving social impact measurement and advancing achievement of the SDGs.

KPAC20: 'Measuring Social Impacts in FCAS' with LSE IDEAS, Bureau van Dorp and IEP

The goal of the session was to test and further develop a new approach to social impact measurement in FCAS, based on human security and positive peace through debating this novel methodology with end-users. This session featured panelists Mary Martin, Marcel Smits, Mark van Dorp, Anne Stikkers and Remco Slim.

People, Profits and Peace: a human security approach to private sector peacebuilding and sustainable development

How can business work with individuals and communities in areas affected by conflict and crisis and work towards the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? This event saw the launch of the Human Security Business Partnership Framework which sets out to answer this question.

The Chocolate Case Co-hosted with the United Nations Cinema and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, LSE IDEAS and the UN Cinema presented a screening The Chocolate Case, followed by a panel discussion on the links between responsible business, consumers, and modern day slavery.  

To End A War Co-hosted with the United Nations and the Embassy of Colombia

What does it takes for a nation of 50 million to move from hatred to forgiveness, from war to peace? Listen to the panel discussion on the Colombian peace process and the future of the country.

The UN, the Private Sector, and Human Security Partnerships

To mark the launch of a new research and policy initiative on business and Human Security by LSE IDEAS, Yukio Takasu, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Human Security spoke about the role of the private sector working with governments  to address insecurity and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Pathways to Peace in Colombia LSE IDEAS - International Alert - LSE LACC Event

Joshua Mitrotti, director of Colombia’s Agency for Reintegration on the challenges and achievements of a ground-breaking approach to absorb thousands of former paramilitaries and guerrilla fighters into productive employment as part of the country’s post-conflict transition.

Strengthening Global Governance for the 21st Century

In this lecture, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova explored the role of the United Nations in sustaining a rules-based international order in an increasingly turbulent world. 

The key to success of the Sustainable Development Goals?

This event with UN advocates Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever) and Alaa Murabit explored how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved -including the crucial roles of local leadership and institutions, global businesses, and young people around the world.

Private Events

LSE-DPI Roundtable: a human security approach to private sector contributions to peace and the economy in Turkey

The UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE IDEAS and the Democratic Progress Institute organised a roundtable event at the LSE. 

It was attended by a small, diverse group of Turkey's prominent business people and organisations, including company CEO's and heads of business associations. This roundtable provided participants with an opportunity to discuss the links between peace, stability and economic growth and what role the private sector can play in conflict resultion processes.

Mary Martin and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic led a session focussing on modern ways in which the private sector can be positively engaged in conflict resolution. You can find further details of the roundtable in this summary report

LSE-BHR Company Roundtable in Madrid: a human security approach to working in complex business environments

The UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE IDEAS and Business and Human Rights (BHR) held a roundtable at the EOI Business School in Madrid, as part of a global series of stakeholder meetings planned by the initiative.

Representatives from companies in different industrial sectors - including Endesa, Repsol, Prosegur and Gas Natural Fenosa - discussed the value for Spanish business leaders of a human security approach and how to best work in complex, conflict-affected environments. For example, Mikel Berraondo from Zabala Innovation Consulting gave his perspective on working with indigenous communities and the particular challenges this can pose to companies on the ground.



United Nations at LSE

Private events

Corporate Peace: private sector strategies for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustainable development LSE IDEAS - WOSCAP Event

This roundtable examined research findings from the European Commission research project ‘Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding' and other studies on public-private partnerships to explore the possibilities for both policymakers and companies to work more constructively together for the benefit of both. 

Public Events

The LSESU United Nations Society - The World Order in the 21st Century: Nationalism and Multilateralism

Mary Martin chaired this event with with the Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN. 

The LSESU United Nations Society - International Peace in the 21st Century: the Changing Nature of Peace Operations

Mary Martin chaired this event with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. The discussion surrounded major challenges to international peace, the way that the international community can act to counter such threats, efficacy of such efforts, and what evolutions we could potentially witness in our lifetimes. Mr Lacroix also discussed the Action for Peacekeeping initiative launched by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and how peacekeeping operations have changed over the past few years.