This year, LIMUN is striving to make the most of this unprecedented time by running a series of online panels, partnering with the United Nations Secretary-General’s UN75 Initiative, bringing together leading experts to discuss the world’s most pressing issues. We hope this will provide our community of young people with the opportunity to critically engage with global challenges, in a time when international cooperation is more vital than ever. Please see below for details of our Dialogues:
Change in an Era of Digital Transformation, November 2020
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Anthony Di Iorio: Co-Founder of Ethereum (second largest cryptocurrency platform in the world), First Chief Digital Officer for the TMX Group (parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange), and Founder and CEO of Decentral Inc.
Lord Tim Clement-Jones CBE: Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence, former Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Digital in the House of Lords.
Salomey Osei: Co-Organizer for the Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLDS) Accra chapter, Team Lead of Unsupervised Methods for Ghana NLP, and Workshop Co-Organizer for Black in AI 2020.
Heritage & Legacy Dialogue: 75 Years: The United Nations’ Past, Present, and Future, October 2020
Edward Mortimer CMG: Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University, and former United Nations Director of Communications and Chief Speechwriter to Kofi Annan.
Alice Walpole OBE: Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, former British Ambassador to Mali and Luxembourg.
Climate Symposium: Working Together to Build Back Better, September 2020
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Brian Hoskins OBE: Founding Director and current Chair of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, long-serving member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, and an author of both the 2007 Nobel Prize winning IPCC 4th Assessment and the 2006 Stern Review.
Mary Robinson: First female President of Ireland, former United Nations High Commisioner for Human Rights, and a Special Envoy to Ban Ki-moon on Climate Change, and later, Climate and El Nino.
Mogens Lykketoft: 70th President of the United Nations General Assembly, presiding over the Paris Agreement, and as a politician in Denmark, the former Leader of the Danish Opposition, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, and Speaker of Parliament.
Satya Tripathi: UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at the UNEP, former UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias in Indonesia after the Boxing Day Tsunami, and former Executive Head of United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia.
Sophia Kianni: Founder and Executive Director of Climate Cardinals, an international youth-led nonprofit that works to translate climate change information, and the youngest member on the United Nations Secretary-General's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.
Sue Biniaz: The U.S. State Department’s lead climate lawyer for 25 years (until 2017), former Deputy Legal Adviser for the State Department, and now a Professor at Yale University.
Human Rights Dialogue: A Vision for the Next Decade, August 2020
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Jan Eliasson: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General to Ban Ki-moon, 60th President of the General Assembly, First USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and current Governing Board Chair of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Dr. Youssef Mahmoud: Former United Nations USG and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Burundi, Chad, and the Central African Republic, a former member of the United Nations’ High-level Panel on Peace Operations, and current Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute.
Birgit Van Hout: Regional Representative for Europe for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and former Focal Point for Women of OHCHR.
Please see the video below for highlights.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, our partners at UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe launched “Making a Difference: An Introduction to Human Rights”, a user-friendly guidebook that explains the basics of human rights in an easy-to-understand manner and format. It equips the reader with a concise explanation of human rights and the international human rights framework and mechanisms. We recommend that you give it a read if you would like to learn more about the subject!
Social Justice Forum, August 2020
“Multilateral Action on Inequality, Discrimination, and Social Injustices" with Kate Gilmore, former Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations and currently a Carr Fellow at Harvard.
“Social Justice in Modern Britain,” with Professor Leslie Thomas QC, “one of the great police law advocates of his generation,” joined by Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Member of the London Assembly, and Andrew Miller, a UK Disability Champion.
“Challenges to equality of opportunity in the Global South,” with Degan Ali, Executive Director of Adeso, and Morse Flores, UN Human Rights Officer and Secretariat of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples.
The event also marked the launch of the LIMUN Community Consultation for Inclusivity & Equality. Please see the video below for highlights from the Forum.