A Second Charter: Imagining a Renewed United Nations
Although the United Nations system and its diverse agencies can point to many successes over its 75+ year history – particularly in social and economic development – the institution’s structure is based on both an inequitable and outdated model that can no longer meet the pressing needs of our time. Although political hindrances to reform are often cited, humanity is at a turning point where the future of present and future generations – and a fragile ecosystem – is at stake. Our three panel presentations will investigate what can be salvaged and what can be created vis-à-vis institutions of global governance, including the feasibility of crafting a Second UN Charter. The first panel will focus on Collective Security and Disarmament (9:00 – 10:30 am), the second on Sustainable Futures (11:00 – 12:30 pm), and the third on Imagining a Renewed United Nations (3:00 – 4:30 pm).