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Episode 20: Conversation - Catherine Bertini on Leading Transformational Change in International Organizations

Episode 20: Conversation - Catherine Bertini on Leading Transformational Change in International Organizations

February 21, 2020

What is transformational change, and when might it be needed in an organisation? This episode brings to you a conversation on leadership and change, particularly on the role of transformational change in international organisations. Our guest is Catherine Bertini, who served as the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) for 10 years from 1992 to 2002, among other roles in government, the private sector and academia. She was, at the time of her appointment, the third woman to have led a UN agency. Shortly after leaving WFP, she was awarded the World Food Prize in 2003 for the change she led in the organization.  

Today, she is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and in this role published a recent report called Leading Change in UN Organizations. She sits down with our Director Francesco Pisano, to speak about the key issues in the report, transformational change and the current state of affairs in global governance, as well as what she’s learned about women in leadership, and the role of youth in leading change at the international level.   

For more information about Catherine Bertini’s work, head to her websitewww.catherinebertini.com/. Her report, Leading Change in UN Organizations, is available herehttps://bit.ly/2T10ffW.  

Catherine Bertini also led a leadership discussion at the Knowledge & Learning Commons at UN Geneva. Find out more and links to other UN resources on leadership and change here: https://bit.ly/2PeAlUR.   

For even more learning, you can find Library’s Research Guides on Women & Global Diplomacy: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/womendiplomacy and Multilateralism: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/multilateralism online.  

Content:

Speakers: Catherine Bertini & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor and Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN Library and Archives Geneva.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library and Archives Geneva.

Episode 19: Book Talk - Alan Doss on A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

Episode 19: Book Talk - Alan Doss on A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

February 7, 2020

In this episode of The Next Page, the podcast of the UN Library & Archives Geneva, we welcome Alan Doss, author of the newly published book, A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars (a project of the International Peace Institute and published by Lynne Rienner Press).  

Alan Doss served as special representative of the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia, and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, among other posts. He now serves as president of the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva.  

In this Book Talk episode, Alan Doss sits down with the Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano, to share about his book, which looks at his decade in four peacekeeping operations in Africa. He also shares his insights from many years serving with the UN in peace operations, from the role of peacekeeping and how it has changed over the decades, what he’s learned about leadership in complex environments, and what he sees for the future of UN peace operations. He also shares some personal reflections on former UN Secretary-General the late Kofi Annan, and the legacies he left not only as a leader but as a person.  

For more information about Alan Doss and his work, visit herehttps://www.kofiannanfoundation.org/member/alan-doss/  or find him on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AlanCDoss 

To learn more about his book A Peacekeeper in Africa, head to Lynne Rienner Publishers: https://www.rienner.com/title/A_Peacekeeper_in_Africa_Learning_from_UN_Interventions_in_Other_People_s_Wars 

Content:

Speakers: Alan Doss & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor and Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Kofi Annan Foundation.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library Geneva.

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Episode 18: Book Talk - Amandeep Gill on Nuclear Security Summits: A History

Episode 18: Book Talk - Amandeep Gill on Nuclear Security Summits: A History

January 24, 2020

Welcome to the second episode of 2020! In this recording for our Book Talk series, the Director at the Library, Francesco Pisano, speaks with Ambassador Amandeep Gill about his book published in 2019, called Nuclear Security Summits: A HistoryThis book looks at how nuclear security has developed over the period from 1945 to 2006, as well as how it has evolved in practice in more recent years through the Nuclear Security Summits between 2010 and 2016.  

Ambassador Gill has a range of experience in this field and in others, having taken part in 3 of the summits. For this conversation he shares what his book is about and why he thinks the Nuclear Security Summits changed the domain of nuclear security, through driving what he calls nuclear learnings and knowledge-making. He touches upon ideas around collective intelligence, and the role of leadership but also knowledge communities springing up around the topic, and how such negotiations can also be translated to other multilateral domains such as climate change or artificial intelligence negotiations. 

Ambassador Amandeep Gill is currently Director of the Global Health Centre project on International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR). He was Executive Director and co-Lead of the Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation until August 2019. He previously served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. You can find out more about his experience here: https://graduateinstitute.ch/academic-departments/faculty/amandeep-singh-gill 

You can find Amandeep Gill on Twitter @gioasempre: https://twitter.com/gioasempre, and his book at Palgrave Macmillan: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030280376.  

The UN Library Geneva also has 8 research guides on disarmament topics, including one on Nuclear Weapons. You can find out more about them here: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/?b=s.  
 

Content:

Speakers: Amandeep Gill & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editors: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Graduate Institute Geneva.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library Geneva.

Episode 17: Conversation -  Jayathma Wickramanayake on leadership, youth & multilateralism.

Episode 17: Conversation - Jayathma Wickramanayake on leadership, youth & multilateralism.

January 10, 2020

In this episode of our Conversations series, Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, shares her insights on leadership and youth--particularly young women leaders--with the Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano. It's a fascinating look in to her own experiences, as well as her aspirations and role models, as a leader engaged in advancing multilateralism with youth across the world. 

Jayathma Wickramanayake is Sri Lankan and was appointed as the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth in 2017, the second person to be appointed into this position. Before joining the UN, she played an active role in youth politics, development and  engagement in Sri Lanka. 

Follow Jayathma Wickramanayake on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNYouthEnvoy, and  learn more about Youth2030: The United Nations Strategy on Youth here: https://www.un.org/youthenvoy/youth-un/

You can also find the Library's research guides on Women & Gender Equality, Women and Global Diplomacy and Multilateralism at our website: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/?b=s.

Content:

Speakers: Jayathma Wickramanayake & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Camille Chambinaud.

Sound Editors: Camille Chambinaud & Natalie Alexander.

Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN/Mette Lybye Poulsen.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library Geneva.

Holiday Special Episode - Library Insiders: Stacks, Ghosts and 007.

Holiday Special Episode - Library Insiders: Stacks, Ghosts and 007.

December 23, 2019

Welcome to this holiday special episode of The Next Page podcast! As 2019 draws to a close, we take you on a tour of the UN Library Geneva, which this year celebrates 100 years since its founding. How does the Library support multilateralism? You'll hear stories from four of our Library colleagues as they work to support research and understanding on multilateralism. Bonus: they also give us their tips for their favorite holiday reads! Find links to all of the resources they mention below. Enjoy, and happy holidays from the UN Library Geneva.

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Bienvenu.e dans cet épisode spécial de The Next Page! Pour la fin de l'année 2019, nous avons fait le tour de la Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève qui a fêté ses 100 ans cette année. Comment est-ce que la Bibliothèque supporte le multilatéralisme? Vous en saurez plus en écoutant quatre histoires de collègues racontant comment leur travail soutient la recherche sur le multilateralisme. Et en bonus, vous entendrez des suggestions de lecture pour les fêtes! Les liens vers les resources sont mentionnées ci-après. Bonne écoute et bonnes fêtes!

Chapter 1: Sebastien Vernay

Sébastien Vernay est assistant bibliothécaire dans la section des services. Il anime les visites de groupe à la bibliothèque, vous trouverez plus d'information sur la page web dédiée: https://bit.ly/2PJJbL3.

Vous pouvez consulter le catalogue sur Global Search, et les différents guides de recherche ici: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/global.

Sa suggestion de lecture pour les fêtes es "L'ONU pour les Nuls", de Yves Berthelot et Jean-Michel Jakobowicz: https://bit.ly/2SaZO3J.

Chapter 2: Mélanie Kamar

Mélanie Kamar is a Team Analyst for the LONTAD Project (the Total Digital Access to the League of Nations Archives Project). To learn more about this five-year project to digitize the League of Nations Archives (around 15 million pages of content!), visit the websitehttps://lontad-project.unog.ch/.

You can also follow the project's unofficial mascot @lontadinho on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lontadinho

Mélanie's holiday read is A Feminist Manifesto in 15 suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: https://bit.ly/2EA7x3k

Chapter 3: Cristina Giordano

Cristina Giordano est cheffe du groupe de la gestion des connaissances dans la section des services de la Bibliothèque. Elle a participé à la préparation et mise en place de l'exposition "Stronger Multilateralism Through Knwoledge and Archives" à l'occasion de l'anniversaire des 100 ans et visible au 3ème étage de l'Angle A/B du Palais des Nations.

Sa suggestion de lecture pour les fêtes est "Genève Émois" de Marie-José Astre-Démoulin: https://www.ed-des-sables.ch/publications.htm#

Chapter 4: Stefan Vukotic 

Stefan Vukotic is the Chief of the Archives Management Unit. To learn more about the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva, head here: https://multilateralism100.unog.ch/front.

Stefan's book recommendation is The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Presenthttps://unipress.dk/udgivelser/l/the-league-of-nations/, edited by Karen Gram-Skjoldager and Haakon Ikonomou. 

Content:

Speakers: Sebastien Vernay, Mélanie Kamar, Cristina Giardano and Stefan Vukotic.

Hosts & Sound Editors: Natalie Alexander & Camille Chambinaud.

Images: UN Library Geneva.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

 
 
 
Episode 16: Library Talk - Women who Shaped Internationalism

Episode 16: Library Talk - Women who Shaped Internationalism

December 13, 2019

In this episode of our Library Talk series, Katharina Rietzler and Myriam Piguet share their research and insights into some of the women who shaped internationalism. The discussion, moderated by the UN Library Geneva’s Scientific Advisor, Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf, highlights the contribution of women in the early years of international organizations and how this impacted the development of international affairs and international thought. They also share some of the challenges of conducting research on women in this field.

This Library Talk was part of the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva celebration. For more information, you can visit the website or listen to Episode 2, introducing our #Multilateralism100 series.

Katharina Rietzler is a researcher at the University of Sussex. She focuses on internationalism and American history. Stay tuned for a special episode on Florence Wilson, the first Librarian of the League of Nations, in 2020.

Myriam Piguet is a PhD student and researcher at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva. She contributed to the book The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Present, Aarhus, Aarhus University Press, that you can find in our catalogue. She was also part of the 100elles project in Geneva, that renamed 100 streets with names of women who contributed to the historical development of the city and its area.

You can find more resources relating to this topic in the booklist put together for this event here. The UN Library Geneva also has research guides on Women & Gender Equality, Women and Global Diplomacy and Multilateralism available online.

If you are interested in gender related topics, we invite you to take a listen to Episode 10 with Ambassador Nazhat Shameen Khan on women in leadership, and to Episode 11 with Fatima Sator on how gender equality was included in the UN Charter.

Content:

Speakers: Katharina Rietzler & Myriam Piguet.

Moderation: Pierre-Étienne Bourneuf.

Host & Sound Editor: Camille Chambinaud.

Images: UN Library Geneva/Ingrid Louise Mondet.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

Episode 15: #Multilateralism100 - Multilateralism in Motion: the lasting impact & innovations of the League of Nations.

Episode 15: #Multilateralism100 - Multilateralism in Motion: the lasting impact & innovations of the League of Nations.

November 22, 2019

Welcome to The Next Page, the podcast of the UN Library Geneva. This episode continues our #Multilateralism100 series, where we explore some of the issues and the people that have shaped multilateralism since the creation of the League of Nations to its transition to the United Nations today, as we mark the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva. 

What ideas are coming out today on the impact and the work of the League, and what opportunities for research are still to come? For this conversation, we had two academics in the studio, Karen Gram-Skjoldager (Associate Professor at Aarhus University) and Haakon Ikonomou (Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen), to share what they’re up to, and a recently published book that they edited, called The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Present

How did the League shape modern multilateralism, what are some innovations that have continued in today’s international organisations, what is being thought of and seen in new ways? They both share their views and some insights from the book, which brings in new ideas from a range of researchers currently exploring the workings of the League. 

Further resources: 

Read more at the Aarhus University Blog, The Invention of International Bureaucracy: https://projects.au.dk/inventingbureaucracy/blog/  as well as publications that have come out of the blog project: https://projects.au.dk/inventingbureaucracy/publications/  

Find out about the book, The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Present: https://unipress.dk/udgivelser/l/the-league-of-nations/    

Learn more about the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva: https://multilateralism100.unog.ch/

Content:

Speakers: Karen Gram-Skjoldager (Associate Professor, PhD, Aarhus University) and Haakon Ikonomou (Associate Professor, PhD, University of Copenhagen)

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Images: Aarhus University & UN Library Geneva.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

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Episode 14: Borders and Walls - a conversation with Dr. Anna Grichting on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Episode 14: Borders and Walls - a conversation with Dr. Anna Grichting on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

November 9, 2019

Welcome to this Special Episode of The Next Page, released on 9 November 2019, 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. On this occasion, the Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano, spoke with Dr. Anna Grichting, an architect, urbanist and musician who has devoted much of her work to studying borders and their connection to societies and the environment.  

In this conversation, Anna shares how she came to be in Berlin the day the Wall fell, and how this propelled her to further explore the wider subject of borders and border zones, be they gone or existing, and what they symbolize across the "long-view of history". She shares her thoughts on the opportunities for a more flexible view of borders, from memory and public spaces, to their connections to social ecology and environmental diplomacy, and the potential to collaborate in helping people to see the value of such spaces for future development.

Dr. Anna Grichting graduated with a Doctor of Design in Urbanism from Harvard University. She has taught as a Professor and fellow at the Universities of Geneva, Harvard, MIT and Qatar, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Vermont and a Lead Research Consultant for Qatar University. She has published an edited book entitled The Social Ecology of Border Landscapes:  http://www.anthempress.com/the-social-ecology-of-border-landscapes. 

To find out more about Anna's work, visit her website: www.annagrichting.com and her Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/annakatarinag/?hl=en.

Content:

Speaker: Dr. Anna Grichting. 

Host: Francesco Pisano.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Images: Dr. Anna Grichting.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

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Episode 13: Library Talk - Storytelling session with science expedition leader Paul Rose

Episode 13: Library Talk - Storytelling session with science expedition leader Paul Rose

November 1, 2019

This episode of The Next Page brings you a curated recording of our recent Storytelling session with science expedition leader, Paul Rose. In 2019, our Library Talks programme focuses on SDG 13 on climate action, and the issues the world is facing amid environmental changes. In this context, Paul Rose joined us at the Library to share his life story of engagement for the planet, his thoughts on the some of the biodiversity and sustainability challenges of today, and the opportunities he sees for everyone to make a change and advocate for the environment, both in our own spheres of influence and collectively.

As an experienced diver, field science and polar expert, Paul Rose has for many years traveled around the world, supporting scientists to experience, explore and communicate nature's mysteries and diversity. Enjoy this learning moment with him, as he shares his experiences and answers questions from the audience.  

To find our more about Paul and his work, head to his websitehttps://www.paulrose.org/ and find him on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Paul_Rose

And also check out the Library's two Research Guides on the SDGs: http://libraryresources.unog.ch/sdgs and climate changehttp://libraryresources.unog.ch/climatechange

Content: 

Speakers: Paul Rose and Sigrun Habermann (moderator, UN Library Geneva) 

Host: Natalie Alexander. 

Sound Editor: Camille Chambinaud.

Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Paul Rose.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva. 

Episode 12:  #Multilateralism100 - The legacies of the League of Nations and its first Secretary-General, Eric Drummond

Episode 12: #Multilateralism100 - The legacies of the League of Nations and its first Secretary-General, Eric Drummond

October 10, 2019

Welcome back to our #Multilateralism100 series, where we share conversations as part of the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva, and explore the issues and the people that have shaped multilateralism since the creation of the League of Nations to its transition to the United Nations. 

In this episode we take you on a tour back to the time of the League of Nations, as we speak to John Burley, one of the authors of a book published this year called Eric Drummond and his legacies: The League of Nations and the beginnings of global governance.  

John Burley is a former UN staff member who worked for more than 30 years for different parts of the UN system. For this conversation, he shares with us his research insights on the legacies of the League of Nations and its first Secretary-General, Eric Drummond. While the term multilateralism didn’t exist yet at the time, how did the work of the League and Eric Drummond help to shape the multilateral system and the international civil service of today? John shares with us his thoughts on these questions.   

Further Resources:

Learn more at the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva: https://multilateralism100.unog.ch/  & LONTAD, The Total Digital Access to the League of Nations Archives Project: https://lontad-project.unog.ch/.

To know more about the book and Eric Drummond, visit here: http://bafuncs.org/eric-drummond-his-legacies/.  

To view some images of Eric Drummond and caricatures drawn by the well-known Derso and Kelen (mentioned in the conversation), head here: https://bit.ly/2AW0rV5 or see them below.

Content: 

Speaker: John Burley. 

Host: Natalie Alexander. 

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN Library Geneva. 

Archival material: United Nations Archives Geneva.  

Advisers: Stefan Vukotic & Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf. 

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva. 

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