Conferences - Wednesday, October 31, 2007
IPI Co-organizes Seminar for Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General
IPI co-organized the Fourth Seminar for Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) from October 16th-18th at Le Mirador Kempinski Hotel in Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland. All current full-time representatives were invited to participate, along with the most senior staff in the relevant UN departments and agencies.
The biennial seminar provides a unique venue for SRSGs, PRSGs, RSGs, and Envoys to interact with each other and senior UN staff to discuss issues of importance to the implementation of peace operations in the hope of refining UN practice.
Former president of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo, delivered the keynote address on “The Evolving Strategic Environment.” He was introduced by IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen who participated in the seminar as Special Envoy for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559. IPI Vice President and Director of Studies Ed Luck also participated in the seminar in his capacity as Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Responsibility to Protect (Designate). The seminar concluded on the 18th with a dinner in honor of the Special and Personal Representatives and Envoys of the Secretary-General, hosted by Switzerland’s State Secretary, Mr. Michael Ambühl.
As in the past, the seminar was funded by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom.
The Global Observatory
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December 02, 2013
Latin America Focus of Fourth ''Being a Peacekeeper'' Event
On December 2-3, IPI brought together 24 representatives from eleven Latin American countries with senior officials from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support to discuss the current state—as well as the future—of Latin American military and police contributions to UN peacekeeping operations.
November 28, 2013
Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?
Is the Arctic a “region of cooperation,” or will competition for its potentially rich energy resources lead to conflict in the high north? This was the main question addressed during an expert workshop held in The Hague on November 28th by the International Peace Institute together with the International Gas Union and the Clingendael International Energy Programme.
November 22, 2013
Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?
The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?