The International Law Society cordially invites you to New York City for its annual Global Issues Symposium

The United Nations and Three Challenges of the 21st Century

Peace and Security
The Promotion of Human Rights
The Reduction of Poverty


Thursday, March 29, 2007 · NYU School of Law · Lipton Hall, 108 West third Street

Panel Discussion 1: Peace and Security

The General Assembly resolution on the World Summit Outcome affirms, inter alia, a “commitment to work towards a security consensus based on the recognition that many threats are interlinked”; recognizes the “important role of the good offices of the Secretary-General”; and reiterates the “obligation of all Member States to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations.”  The report stresses the “need to make every effort to reach an agreement on and conclude a comprehensive convention on international terrorism” and recognizes the “important contribution to peace and security by regional organizations as provided for under Chapter VII of the Charter.”



In terms of concrete reforms—apart from the significant strengthening of the offices of the Secretariat dealing with peace and security—the United Nations Peace Building Commission has been created as an advisory organ of the General Assembly and the Security Council, the first such body of its kind.  Yet despite these steps, reform of the Security Council has not progressed, and proposals for a United Nations standing military force remain stalled.

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