The International Relations Committee takes evidence from former UN officials and Senior Representatives on the role of the UN Secretary-General, UN reform, international development and multilateral diplomacy
Wednesday 7 September in Committee Room 3A, Palace of Westminster
- Lord Malloch Brown, former Minister of State; Deputy UN General Secretary; Chief of staff to the UN Secretary-General; CEO of the UN Development Programme; and Vice-President of the World Bank
- Sir Emyr Jones Parry, former UK Ambassador to the UN and NATO
- Baroness Amos, former Secretary of State for International Development and UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
- What are the UK’s key strengths at the UN? Where can the UK show visible leadership?
- The UN undertakes a broad range of development activities, where does the UN best hold its comparative advantage?
- What steps can the UN take to engage more effectively with civil society?
- What is the reputation of the UK for promoting human rights at the UN? Is this likely to change as a result of Brexit?
- How should the new Secretary-General prepare UN peacekeeping for threats such as irregular warfare and proliferation of non-state actors?
- Given the continuing discussions of reform in the UN system, and given their barriers, what key reform areas should the UN Secretary-General prioritise?
- Given political and institutional constraints, what areas should the incumbent Secretary-General play a role in?