28 June 2014 10:00 – 18:30
Central Hall Westminster
London SW1H 9NH
On Saturday 28 June 2014, UNA-UK will discuss Britain’s role in today’s world at its acclaimed UN Forum event in Central Hall Westminster. Top UK and UN speakers will explore whether Britain is still a global power, and to what extent it can tackle the biggest challenges facing the world.
At UN Forum, we will be asking “Can Britain still cut it on the world stage?” Expert speakers and campaigners will consider what impact the UK can have on a packed international agenda against a backdrop of its own domestic challenges. We have an excellent line-up, including: Overseas Development Institute’s Claire Melamed, disarmament campaigner Kate Hudson; the UN’s R2P expert, Jennifer Welsh; UK Ambassador to the UN Karen Pierce; aid commissioner John Githongo; YouGov founder Peter Kellner; and Ban Ki-moon’s speechwriter, Mark Seddon. They will be put through their paces by top UK journalists Nik Gowing and Zeinab Badawi.
We have also secured two fantastic keynote speakers. In the morning, Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will be interviewed by Channel 4’s Jon Snow. In the afternoon, we will hear from Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia and UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
Participants will engage with decision-makers, experts and campaigners at a time of profound domestic and global change. Our panellists will grapple with fundamental questions on security, development and human rights in the context of the looming Scottish referendum and general election, and international volatility due to humanitarian crises, energy politics and climate change, economic insecurity and the threat of conflict in Europe. What can we do to ensure that we – and the international community – are able to solve these issues?