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UN 75th Anniversary: Reflections and key challenges ahead

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This event was part of Oslo Peace Days 2020 and focused on pertinent global challenges, including human rights accountability, countering climate change, managing migration, and dealing with organizational challenges of the United Nations (UN). 

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Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the United Nations logo. Photo illustration: Wikimedia commons/collage UiO.

This event was organized by the Research Group International Law and Governance and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

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A cause for celebration?

The United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. With the pandemic caused by Covid-19, rising populism, and serious challenges to multilateralism, this anniversary does not seem to provide much cause for celebration.

This panel composed of legal experts by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo focuses on three particular substantive challenges, namely regulation of migration, countering climate change, and ensuring adequate human rights monitoring, and an organizational challenge to the inner workings of the UN.

Can the UN, as the most important international organization, overcome these challenges and ensure another 75 years of useful existence?

Presentations and panel discussion

Özlem Gürakar-Skribeland, Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law

  • International migration and return: Is there a need and room for the Human Rights Committee to explore the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) further?

Professor Christina Voigt, PluriCourts

  • The UN and climate change

Professor Gentian Zyberi, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

  • Challenges to the UN human rights monitoring machinery during the pandemic: The role and status of the UN Treaty Bodies

Associate Professor Stian Øby Johansen, Centre for European Law

  • Organisational challenges: UN Security Council reform and accountability reform. How may Norway contribute to reform in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)?

Event moderator: Susanne H. Flølo

Tags: Oslo Peace Days, UN, climate change, Migration, ICCPR, UNSC, Covid-19
Published Nov. 10, 2020 5:45 PM - Last modified Dec. 18, 2020 11:40 AM