UNA-NY Ambassador Series

An Evening with
Ambassador Vanu Gopala Menon

Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations

Thursday, February 17, 2011
6:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Registration and Reception
7:00 p.m. - Presentation

Columbia University Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY

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Global Governance: The G20, The UN and The 3G

Since November 2008, the G-20 has been playing an active role in dealing with the global financial crisis. While this might have helped avert a global depression, some quarters see the emergence of the G-20 as a challenge to the UN on global governance issues. What could the G-20 do to allay such concerns? The G-20 is also a manifestation of the need for more effective global governance mechanisms. What role can the UN play in helping to restructure global governance mechanisms to suit the needs and demands of the 21st century? Ambassador Menon will be exploring all of these issues and more in this evening's presentation.

Ambassador Vanu Gopala Menon presented his credentials as Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York on 16 September 2004. Before assuming his post in New York, he was Singapore's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and concurrently accredited as Singapore's Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey.

Ambassador Menon joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 1985. He served as First Secretary in the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from March 1988 to April 1991 and as Counsellor and later Minister-Counsellor in the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur from November 1994 to November 1997. On his return to Ministry HQ, he was appointed as Senior Deputy Director at the Policy, Planning and Analysis Directorate I in December 1997 and became its Director in December 1998. He has been a Foreign Service Officer since June 1985.

Download Background Reading Materials (PDFs)

Global Governance or Global Clubbing?

What G20 Leaders Must Do to Stabilize Our Economy

Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics


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