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The Continued Relevance of the UN in the Maintenance of International Peace and Security

09 February 2016, 15:30
RUSI Whitehall
A lecture by H.E. Dr Danilo Türk, former President of the Republic of Slovenia, and a leading candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, on the relevance of the UN to conflict prevention, conflict resolution and reconstruction

As the UN grapples with crises on multiple fronts, not least of which is the ongoing brutal conflict in Syria, it has become fashionable once more to ask whether the UN can genuinely contribute to resolving these problems – whether through the Security Council, peacekeeping or other tools like mediation.

H.E. Dr Danilo Türk, former President of the Republic of Slovenia (2007-2012) and a leading candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, will give his thoughts on the relevance of the UN to conflict prevention, conflict resolution and reconstruction. Calling upon his prior experience at the UN in a number of high-level positions, Dr Türk will make a robust case for the UN to remain at the heart of the architecture of international efforts for peace and security.

Speaker Bio

Dr Danilo Türk (born 1952) was the third President of the Republic of Slovenia (2007-2012). He is a professor of international law and has worked as diplomat and a human rights expert. On 23 December 2015 the Government of the Republic of Slovenia decided to nominate Mr. Danilo Türk as candidate for the post of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In the period 1992 - 2000 Dr Türk was Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations. In 1997 he led the campaign of Slovenia for the non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council. During his term as the representative of Slovenia on the UN Security Council from 1998 to 1999 he was President of the Security Council twice.

Following the successful conclusion of his term on the Security Council he was invited to join the UN Secretariat by Mr. Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the UN. In the years 2000 - 2005 Dr. Türk served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

As former President he is now a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of democratically elected former presidents and prime ministers.

There will be tea and coffee served in the Reading Room from 15.00 onwards, to which all are invited.

This event is now open to all, if you have any questions please contact Nathan Mathiot on NathanM@rusi.org

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