The challenges and Opportunities of UN Security Council Membership

In this video, globally renowned analyst of the UN Security Council Ambassador Colin Keating will discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in being an elected member of the UN Security Council.

Ambassador Keating address key issues related to Australia's place on the Security Council, including key challenges facing elected members of the Security Council; to what extent do and should elected members seek to represent their region on the Council; what can elected members realistically achieve during their brief two-year terms; how can elected members use their stints as President of the Council to shape the policy and practice of the Security Council? What €˜legacies€™ remain from past elected member presidencies; and what are the most pressing issues facing the Security Council in 2013 and 2013?

Ambassador Colin Keating has a long history of participating on and analysing the United Nations Security Council. In 1993 and 1994 Colin served as New Zealand€™s Ambassador on the UN Security Council. He was Security Council President during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and has been widely recognised for leadership and advocacy at that time in trying to secure a timely and effective response. He also led the Security Council Mission to Somalia and chaired the Security Council Committee on Sanctions against Iraq. From 2004 until 2011 he was the founding Executive Director of Security Council Report, a New York-based NGO that provides high-quality, independent analysis of Security Council activities. Colin has also served as Legal Adviser of the New Zealand Foreign Ministry, as the Secretary of Justice of New Zealand, and as a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University in New York.

This public lecture was hosted by the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and supported by the Research School of Asia and the Pacific in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.


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