June 26, 2023

On June 14, 2023 near United Nations Headquarters in New York City, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) and New America sponsored a lively and productive roundtable discussion among a group of ambassadors to the United Nations and Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America. Professor Slaughter also served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism (HLAB). She is also Princeton University’s Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs. 

The purpose of this event was to hear and discuss Dr. Slaughter's views on renewing multilateral cooperation during a time of crisis, the future of global governance, and recommendations of the recently released HLAB report, “A Breakthrough for People and Planet." Led and organized by LISD non-resident fellow Minh-Thu Pham, this off-the-record roundtable brought together the current President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, the incoming President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Dennis Francis, almost 30 ambassadors of missions to the United Nations representing a broad range of governments, and a handful of foundation and UN officials.

Welcome remarks from Professor Andrew Moravcsik, Director of LISD and H.E. Mr. Christian Wenaweser, the Permanent Representative of the Liechtenstein Mission to the UN, and insightful opening reflections from President Kőrösi set the stage for an engaged conversation with Dr. Slaughter, moderated by Ms. Pham. Michele Griffin, Director in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General provided closing thoughts.

"In light of the UN summit on the Sustainable Development Goals this September and the Summit of the Future in 2024 when member states have an opportunity to tackle global cooperation challenges," Ms. Pham said, "the ambassadors indicated they found this discussion particularly timely and valuable."