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Will we emerge stronger and better equipped to work together? Or will distrust and isolation grow further?


With four experts we will discuss what the future of the UN may look like, in terms of the UN's function in ensuring global peace and security, its role in promoting human rights, and how the organization may deal with the global crises to come. Will the United Nations still be relevant 75 years into the future? What about in the next few years?

We will be joined virtually by Karel van Oosterom, former Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the United Nations, and current ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We will also be similarly joined from New York by Henk-Jan Brinkman, who has been working at the UN for over 10 years now, currently active as the Chief of Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnerships at the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office. Following a virtual discussion with these experts we will be transitioning into a physical discussion with Alanna O'Malley, Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at Leiden University, and André de Hoogh, expert on the legislative powers of the UN and professor of International Law at the University of Groningen.

This event is part of a series of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. the municipality of Groningen, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Forum Groningen, CBK Groningen and SIB-Groningen are organising a series of events looking into the UN's role in global society.

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Thursday 12 November 5:00 PM tot 6:30 PM