Tuesday 8 September 2020, from 12 p.m to 1.30 p.m
As Geneva celebrates a centenary of multilateralism since the establishment of the League of Nations and the United Nations turns 75 amidst the COVID-19 outbreak and its global impact, this session aims to delve into negotiation, the role of negotiators in multilateralism, and the potential for building more inclusive negotiations.
Mr. Jerome Bellion-Jourdan, currently working collaboratively to explore the potential for a new initiative on global negotiations, will be joined by Ambassador Yvette Stevens and Mr. Victor do Prado to interact with participants to consider the following issues and more: how can negotiators find a collaborative approach to an issue? How can negotiators overcome deadlocks?
How can we handle the real or perceived asymmetry of power? In largely State-driven multilateral negotiations, what is the role of other stakeholders?
Amid calls for a more inclusive multilateralism, the session will explore the potential and the challenges to experiment with new formats of negotiations.
WEDNESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2020, FROM 12 P.M. TO 1 P.M
Full 100 years after its establishment in Geneva, the League of Nations deserves its full story told! Based on research done in recent years, we will dispel some traditional myths and misconceptions about the League of Nations. We will share the real story of the League as a first experiment in multilateralism, its many successes and legacies, and why it ultimately failed in its core mission to preserve world peace. You will learn of the groundwork the League laid for the United Nations, some of its key achievements that still shape the world and make it a better place, and what parts of the League survive to this day. And we will tell you how to access the knowledge and resources about the League – both primary and secondary sources – right here at the UN Library & Archives Geneva. More details to come.