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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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Episode 11: Conversation - Fatima Sator on how gender equality was included in the UN Charter, and the women of the global south that made it happen.

Episode 11: Conversation - Fatima Sator on how gender equality was included in the UN Charter, and the women of the global south that made it happen.

September 20, 2019

In this episode of The Next Page we speak with Fatima Sator, who shares the story of how a small group of women from the global south, together with their supporters, ensured that gender equality and women's rights were included in the Charter of the United Nations.

Who were these women and what did they encounter in 1945 at the the United Nations Conference on International Organization, known as the San Francisco Conference? Fatima, who currently serves as a Communications Specialist at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, shares what she and her fellow researchers found while studying at the University of London. Since then, they've dedicated their time to sharing this story and advocating for the voices and actions of the women of the global south--Bertha Lutz from Brazil and Minerva Bernardino from the Dominican Republic--that made it happen.

To watch their TED talk in 2019 at TEDxPlaceDesNationsWomen, head herehttps://bit.ly/2TK0VoE 

To read where gender equality and women's rights are included in the UN Charter, see the Preamble, Article 1 and Article 8.

To read Fatima's recommendations: see Getting Our History Right: How Were the Equal Rights of Women and Men Included in the Charter of the United Nations? by Torild Skard, and Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Rebecca Adami.

And, check out the Library's Research Guide on Women and Global Diplomacy.


Content:

Speakers: Fatima Sator & Natalie Alexander.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN Library Geneva.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

Episode 10: Conversation - Fiji’s Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan on multilateralism, women in leadership, and the nexus of climate change and human rights.

Episode 10: Conversation - Fiji’s Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan on multilateralism, women in leadership, and the nexus of climate change and human rights.

August 30, 2019

Episode 10 of the Next Page brings a conversation with Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations in Geneva. Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano, joins her to discuss her story and how she joined the Permanent Mission, the importance of multilateralism for small island developing states and vice versa, her thoughts and experiences on the role of women in leadership, and some of the critical issues concerning climate change and human rights in the Pacific and also globally.  

Ambassador Khan was born in Fiji and has an academic background in law and criminology. During her 16 years as a prosecutor in Fiji, she was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions of Fiji in 1994, and in 1999 was appointed Fiji’s first woman High Court judge. She was appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva in 2014. 

Follow Ambassador Khan on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/nazhatskhan 

Content:

Speakers: Nazhat Shameem Khan & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Fiji to the UN in Geneva.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

Episode 9: Conversation - Nikhil Seth on how everyone can relate to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

Episode 9: Conversation - Nikhil Seth on how everyone can relate to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

August 16, 2019

In this episode, part of our Conversation series, Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano, speaks with Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations and the Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), about his thoughts on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nikhil Seth shares about his role in helping to develop and support the SDGs, and why the multilateral and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs give them greater strength and capacity as an "action agenda" for the UN Charter. He also stresses the importance of partnerships across sectors to achieve the Goals, and why everyone can define and seize their own personal Agenda 2030. 

Learn more about the 2030 Agenda & the SDGs here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

Follow Nikhil Seth on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/NikhilSethUN

Content:

Speakers: Nikhil Seth & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Francesco Pisano.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Recorded at UNITAR Geneva headquarters, and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

Episode 8: #Multilateralism100 - Genève et le multilateralisme

Episode 8: #Multilateralism100 - Genève et le multilateralisme

August 2, 2019

Cet épisode, de la série #Multilaralism100, s’intéresse à la ville de Genève où s’est implantée la Société des Nations puis l’Organisation des Nations Unies, aidant ainsi au développement d’un écosystème international qui contribue à la renommée de la ville.  

Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf, Conseiller Scientifique à la Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève, nous explique le contexte dans lequel de la Société des Nations est amenée à s’installer à Genève, puis revient sur la période de guerre et de transition vers l’Organisation des Nations Unies qui installera son bureau européen au Palais des Nations également.  

Pour en savoir plus sur le multilatéralisme à Genève, vous pouvez visiter la page dédiée aux célébrations du centenaire du multilatéralisme : www.multilateralisme100.unog.ch . Un guide de ressources est aussi disponible sur le site, si vous voulez en savoir plus sur l’installation de la Société des Nations, sur le transfert des avoirs avec l’ONU ou sur tout autre sujet lié au centenaire.  

Contenu :  

Intervenant(e)s : Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf & Camille Chambinaud 

Réalisation et montage : Natalie Alexander & Camille Chambinaud

Image : UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Enregistré et produit à la Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève

Episode 7: Conversation - Fabrizio Hochschild on Leadership, Courage and Integrity

Episode 7: Conversation - Fabrizio Hochschild on Leadership, Courage and Integrity

July 19, 2019

This episode of The Next Page offers a learning moment on leadership. The Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano, speaks with Fabrizio Hochschild, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations, about his thoughts on principled leadership, moral courage and integrity, and what this means for the United Nations today.

Their conversation is centered on Mr. Hochschild's recent article, Courage and Integrity in UN Leadershippublished in 2019 by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation as part of a series marking 100 years of international civil service, which began in 1919 with the creation of the League of Nations.

You can read the full article by visiting the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation website: https://www.daghammarskjold.se/publication/courage-and-integrity/.

Content:

Speakers: Fabrizio Hochschild & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

 

Episode 6: Library Talk - Digital Preservation & Stewardship with Trevor Owens

Episode 6: Library Talk - Digital Preservation & Stewardship with Trevor Owens

July 5, 2019

This episode of The Next Page is for anyone interested in digital preservation and stewardship. As digital records increase within organisations and communities, how do we ensure electronic records are preserved and accessible in the long-term? What are the opportunities and what can we do now? In this Library Science Talk, held at the UN Library Geneva as part of the AILIS programme for 2019, Dr. Trevor Owens from the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. shares key principles for supporting digital stewardship, as well as the actions that can be taken today to progress in the practice and connect with others in the international community.  

Dr. Trevor Owens currently serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. He works as a librarian, researcher, policy-maker and educator in the field of digital infrastructure for libraries, and is the author of the book The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, published in 2018: https://bit.ly/2FUK1is. To find out more, visit his websitehttp://www.trevorowens.org/.  

This talk took place on 20 May 2019 at the UN Library Geneva.

Content:

Speaker: Trevor Owens.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Trevor Owens.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

Épisode 5: « Book Talk » avec Romuld Sciora - Qui veut la mort de l’ONU?

Épisode 5: « Book Talk » avec Romuld Sciora - Qui veut la mort de l’ONU?

June 25, 2019

Bienvenue dans notre série “Book Talk”, regroupant les conversations que nous avons avec des auteur(e)s sur leurs ouvrages lors de leur visite à la Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève. Nous discutons de livres, mais aussi d’idées et de concepts présentés par ces expert(e)s, académicien(ne)s et intellectuel(le)s.

Dans cet épisode, Camille Chambinaud interroge Romuald Sciora, sur le livre qu’il a co-écrit avec Anne Cécile Robert, intitulé “Qui veut la mort de l’ONU”, publié en novembre 2018 aux éditions Eyrolles.

Pour plus d’information sur le travail et les oeuvres de Romuald Sciora, vous pouvez consulter son site internet

Contenu:

Intervenant(e)s: Romuald Sciora & Camille Chambinaud.

Animatrice: Camille Chambinaud.

Réalisation et montage: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Natalie Alexander.

Enregistré et produit à la Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève.

Episode 4: Conversation - Innovation in International Organizations with Tina Ambos & Corinne Momal-Vanian

Episode 4: Conversation - Innovation in International Organizations with Tina Ambos & Corinne Momal-Vanian

June 25, 2019

Innovation is applied and seen in many fields, but what does it mean and how can international organizations leverage innovation to meet their missions? In this episode, part of our Conversation series, Natalie Alexander speaks with Tina Ambos, Director of the Institute of Management and Academic Director of the International Organizations MBA at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), and Corinne Momal-Vanian, the Director of the Division of Conference Management at UN Geneva, about their work and insights on innovating in international organisations, and what this means for multilateralism. 

To learn more about the work of Tina Ambos and UNIGE on innovation, head to the i2i Hub: for Innovation and Intrapreneurship, and read their 2 reports: Initiatives with Impact & Seed, Scale, Structure: How International Organizations Shape Innovation

For more information on innovation in the UN system, visit the UN Innovation Network website.

Content:

Speakers: Tina Ambos & Corinne Momal-Vanian.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: i2i Hub, UNIGE.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

 

Episode 3: Conversation -  Michael Møller, Director-General at UN Geneva

Episode 3: Conversation - Michael Møller, Director-General at UN Geneva

June 25, 2019

Welcome to our Conversation series, where we sit down with various leaders, experts and contributors to learn from their experiences and insights. In this episode, the Director of the Library, Francesco Pisano, speaks with the current Director-General at UN Geneva, Michael Møller, who completes his term at the end of June 2019. The Director-General shares his thoughts on his time leading UN Geneva, his 40 years of service at the UN, and his view on the role of multilateralism today. 

Content: 

Speakers: Michael Møller (Director-General at UN Geneva) & Francesco Pisano (Director of the UN Library Geneva).

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor & Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN Photos/Iryna Turtaieva.

Recorded and produced at the United Nations Office at Geneva.