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Workshops & seminars

The UN at 75: Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism

Date & time

Monday, October 19, 2020 –
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


H.E. Bob Rae, P.C. C.C.; Dr. Marianne Kneuer, Dr. Graham Carr, Mr. Lutz Feldt, Dr. Cecilia Cannon, Dr. Rohinton P. Medhora, H.E. Louise Blais, Dr. Bertrand Badie, Dr. Maria Teresa Gutiérrez-Haces, Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, Dr. Elizabeth Bloodgood, Dr. Juan Tokatlian, Mrs. Rasha Jarhum, Dr. Christopher Isike, Dr. Michèle Rioux, Dr. Cameron G. Thies, Dr. Virginie Guiraudon, Mr. Henri-Paul Normandin, Dr. Emnet Gebre, Dr. Mehdi Abbas, Dr. Patricia Iglesias, Dr. François Audet, Dr. Walter Arévalo-Ramirez





The International Political Science Association (IPSA), in partnership with Concordia University and in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the Greater-Montreal and Quebec branches of the United Nations Association in Canada, is holding a virtual conference on the Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

The event is taking place 19-21 October 2020 to coincide with the month-long celebrations of UN75, which is to culminate in New York on UN International Day, 24 October.

The United Nations system is facing provocations and defiance from some States, and its functioning sometimes (or often) reveals a lack of efficiency. Emerging powers are rising in different regions of the world, seemingly aiming at counterbalancing the existing global order. Moreover, new issues are increasingly gaining attention in the multilateralism system, such as digital technologies, environmental challenges, a melting arctic region and geopolitical shifts, for which the global community must find answers at a multilateral level.

During the three-day conference, you will hear leading experts and academics on the following themes: Environmental Governance and Climate Change; International Development and Humanitarian Crises; Fighting Inequality and Gender-based Violence; the International Multilateral Trade System; Demographic Growth and International Migration; and the Impact of Digital Technologies on Global Governance.


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