The United Nations

Join CGA faculty along with current practitioners to discuss the issues debated by UN member states as well as within the Secretariat, and approaches to global challenges offered by UN agencies and by other forms of multilateral cooperation.

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

Moderated by Christopher Ankersen, Clinical Associate Professor, CGA; former security adviser, United Nations

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

At the UN’s founding in 1945, women were scarce among delegates, yet they insisted on the creation of a Commission on the Status of Women in 1946 and asserted rights to equality in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, we are approaching parity in girls’ and boys’ enrollment in primary school, and women’s achievements in employment and political representation would have astonished early pioneers of women’s rights. There is still a long way to go. The World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index 2017 registered, for the first time since its creation in 2006, stagnation and even a retreat in progress on gender equality. The UN pursues the objective of advancing gender equality by setting up agencies to advance women’s rights, and by aiming for gender parity in its own staffing. How effectively is the UN meeting its own targets?

CGA Clinical Professor and former Chief Adviser for Peace and Security at UN Women Anne Marie Goetz will moderate a panel scrutinizing the UN’s record on advancing gender equality and women’s rights. Speakers will include representatives from the Office of the Secretary-General and UN Women and civil society activists who study the UN’s effectiveness in this area.

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