The Worldview Institute | Fall 2010 Semester

 

 

 

The Worldview Institute of UNA-NY announces the enrollment for its Fall 2010 semester. Our program consists of a ten-seminar sequence intended for young business executives at U.S. based multi-national corporations and young professionals within the NGO, U.N., and diplomatic and academic communities.

The current global economic situation provides a backdrop to these presentations, which provide valuable insights into global issues in business and politics. Our program addresses the understanding of corporate responsibilities and the political and cultural contexts of doing business in various regions of the world.

The seminars are offered in association with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

All participants will be served a light supper with each program, and have informal opportunities to chat with the presenters at wine receptions and catered dinners in different Missions to the UN and other select venues.


FALL 2010 SEMESTER FEES

$425 for New Participants
$395 for previous Worldview Institute alumni

You must be a UNA-NY member to register. If you are not a UNA-NY member, please sign up here to become a member.

NOTE: These seminars are not open to the general public, and registration is required before attendance. Walk-ins not allowed.

NOTE: The semester is now SOLD OUT.
For more information please contact Ann Nicol at (212) 907-1353 or anicol@unanyc.org.


Seminar 1: November 10, 2010

The Political Situation in Iraq

Seminar description to come

Faculty: Ambassador Hamid Al Bayati, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations

Iraq Mission to the United Nations
14 East 79th Street, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 2: November 17, 2010

Inter-Governmental Negotiations on the MDG Summit Outcome

Seminar description to come

Faculty: Ambassador Carsten Staur, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations

Danish Mission to the United Nations
885 Second Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 3: December 1, 2010

The Global Energy Scene: Short Term Shocks and Long Term Scenarios

Are we going to run out of oil? Is there too much natural gas, notably shale gas? Is alternative energy being developed on the proper scale? Will we recharge our cars instead of refueling them — and sell electricity to the grid at peak hours? Is the US going to develop carbon markets? Will Gas OPEC transform relations with consumer countries? These and other topical questions will be addressed in light of the deeper trends transforming the energy scene and of contrasted long-term scenarios reflecting the interplay of demographic, geopolitical, technological, regulatory and market trends.

Faculty: Dr. Albert Bressand, Executive Director, Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy, Columbia University, SIPA

McCarter & English LLP
245 Park Avenue (between 46th and 47th Streets)
27th Floor
New York, New York

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 4: December 8, 2010

Global Nuclear Disarmament After 2010: Expressway or Cul-de-Sac?

This has been a rather remarkable year for nuclear disarmament. In April, Presidents Obama and Medvedev signed the new START treaty, lowering their numbers of deployed offensive strategic weapons. In May, the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty attended the 2010 NPT Review Conference and adopted by consensus a Final Document, with 64 specific Actions intended to strengthen implementation of the treaty, as well as to implement the 1995 Resolution on the Middle East. In August, Ban Ki-moon became the first UN Secretary-General to attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, an event also attended by 74 diplomatic delegations — including the first from the United States.

Yet over 20,000 nuclear weapons reportedly remain, without international verification of declared reductions in nuclear weapons holdings, and the doctrine of nuclear deterrence remains in place for nine States, not counting those under nuclear umbrellas. Support is growing for a global "nuclear weapons convention" — as proposed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his five-point nuclear disarmament proposal of 24 October 2008. Yet there are no signs of any negotiations, while the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva remains in stalemate. As the year comes to a close, this is a good time to look at what has been accomplished in nuclear disarmament, and what remains ahead. Expectations for progress are growing, but difficult challenges lie ahead.

Faculty: Ambassador Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament, Office of Disarmament Affairs, United Nations

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Conference Room 44A
One Bryant Park, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 5: December 15, 2010

Combating Climate Change: Reframing the Debate Toward an Actionable Agenda

In this seminar we will discuss the relevance of climate to social and economic development, particularly in the context of lesser developed countries. The concept of climate risk management as a means to effectively manage climate risks toward sustainable development will be introduced and some examples shown of the kinds of innovations already developed in some key sectors, utilizing current science and information. There will be a discussion around some of the political issues in advancing this agenda.

Faculty: Dr. Stephen E. Zebiak, Director-General, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Hungarian Mission to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street, New York

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 6: January 5, 2011

The Evolving Role of the European Union at the United Nations

Globalization and global problems such as climate change, terrorism, economic crisis, further EU enlargement and a new EU Lisbon Treaty are all factors that contribute to a growing convergence of EU foreign policy-making and shaping. Very often the reality test of EU external action takes place in New York. It is in fact at the United Nations that Europe is speaking to the world, almost on a daily basis. Inevitably this confronts us with challenges for our ambition to give Europe its rightful place as a global actor. The seminar will elaborate some of these challenges and how we see the world from an evolving European perspective.

Faculty: Thomas Lambert, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations

Belgian Mission to the United Nations
885 Second Avenue, 41st Floor, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 7: January 12, 2011

The UN Global Compact

Over the past ten years, fundamental shifts have occurred in the field of corporate responsibility. What began as a peripheral movement around business ethics has evolved into a mainstream corporate practice around the world. Today, there is growing recognition from all corners — the private sector, investors, employees, consumers, governments, non-profits and educators — that embedding human rights, labour standards, environmental stewardship and anti-corruption measures throughout business strategies and operations will deliver benefits for both business and society. Mr. Kell will review trends of the last ten years, and share his perspective on the future direction of corporate responsibility.

Faculty: Georg Kell, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

United Nations Association of New York
801 Second Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd Streets)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 8: January 19, 2011

US-North Korean Relations:
New Dangers and Opportunities

This presentation will examine several possible futures for US-DPRK relations over the next 1 to 2 years. Dr. Walsh, who has traveled to North Korea for meetings on the nuclear issue, surveys the current situation, describes the players, and considers the potential for crisis or progress, as well as the impact on the politics and economy of the region. He also takes stock of the current U.S. policy in the region, discusses its strengths and deficiencies, and outlines steps that might be taken to better protect peace and security in East Asia.

Faculty: Dr. Jim Walsh, Expert in International Security and Research Associate at MIT's Securities Studies Program

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Conference Room 44A
One Bryant Park, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 9: January 26, 2011

Challenges for the New Brazilian Government

Dilma Rousseff is the first female President-elect of Brazil. As she begins her term of office in January 2011, we will look at her background, some of the challenges she will face, and what possible directions can be foreseen regarding the Brazilian economy.

Faculty: Zélia Cardoso de Mello, former National Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning of Brazil

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Conference Room 44A
One Bryant Park, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


Seminar 10: February 2, 2011

Facing the Crises of our Time:
The UN in the 21st Century

This seminar will address the UN's changing role, and the critical importance of international engagement and global cooperation. Why is the United Nations valuable? What are some of the challenges and limitations of working through the UN system? How can we transform agreements into action? What's at stake if we don't?

Faculty: Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation

UN Foundation
801 Second Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd Streets)
13th Floor
New York, NY 10017

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


January 28, 2011

Graduation Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Neil MacFarquhar

Location: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York


For more information, please contact Ann Nicol at (212) 907-1353 or email anicol@unanyc.org.