Conferences - Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Opening Plenary on Transnational Security Challenges Launches IPI Task Force One
On April 2nd-4th, representatives of approximately forty UN member states met for the opening plenary meeting of IPI’s “Task Force One on Strengthening Multilateral Security Capacity,” at the Greentree Estate on Long Island. Task Force One will deal specifically with transnational security challenges; these include organized crime, weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism, small arms, and biosecurity. Each of these issues will be examined in greater depth during roundtables to be held during April and May.
The opening plenary meeting allowed those present to make suggestions to guide the subsequent roundtable discussions, which together will aspire to shape actionable recommendations for strengthening the capacity of the international community (and especially the United Nations) to tackle complex global security challenges.
IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen opened the two-day meeting by welcoming those present, including co-chairs H.E. Mr. Vanu Gopala Menon, and H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser.
Ambassador Menon is the Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Singapore. He has also served as his country’s Ambassador to Turkey and to the United Nations in Geneva. He joined the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 1985 and served as First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Singapore in New York from March 1988 to April 1991, and as Counsellor and later Minister-Counsellor in the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ambassador Menon also serves as an adviser to the Singapore Business Council as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to Canada.
Ambassador Wenaweser has served as Liechtenstein’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since October 2002 and has been working on issues relating to the United Nations for more than ten years. He holds a number of important intergovernmental positions: In January 2004, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Open-Ended Working Group on Security Council Reform and has since played a central role in the intergovernmental consultations on this issue; in the context of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court, Ambassador. Wenaweser leads the Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression; and, since March 2003, he has acted as the Chairman of the ad hoc Committee of the General Assembly negotiating a protocol expanding the scope of application of the 1994 Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel.
Following the president’s welcome and the introduction of the chairs, the participants dispersed into panels to discuss each of the main issues facing transnational security, with each subgroup chaired by a Permanent Representative to the UN. Those present were able and encouraged to bring new ideas and thinking to the table and did so with enthusiasm.
The meeting concluded with closing remarks by Edward Luck, Vice President and Director of Studies at IPI, who emphasized the need to break out of bad habits and inhibitions when international security is at stake. He concluded by adding that persistent, long-term commitment is needed for effective multilateral action.
The Global Observatory
Defying Spain, Catalans Vote for Independence, But What’s Next?
The unofficial Catalan referendum has raised several questions about Catalonia’s future and its relationship with Madrid.
Key Global Events to Watch in November
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
November 05, 2014
Top-Down Governance Hurts Women, Youth Participation
Governments in the Sahel and Maghreb are still using top-down approaches to governance that make it hard for women and youth to have a say in public life, even though their participation can help their governments’ struggle against instability and extremism.
November 03, 2014
Apakan on Ukraine: "To Be Present Is Important"
On November 3rd, IPI’s Vienna office hosted Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
November 03, 2014
Enhancing Women's Share in Peace and Security
“We did not want to make war safe for women; we wanted to end war for everyone,” Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury said, recalling the goal of a new resolution he introduced as president of the Security Council in the year 2000.
September 25, 2014
IPI Remembers Margaret Vogt