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International Conference ‘United Nations Reforms for the Changing World’ in The Netherland on May 3

The Foundation for Critical Choices for India, The Netherlands, is organizing the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE United Nations Reforms for the Changing World  with Special Focus on United Nations Security Council.

Event Date: 3rd May 2023

Venue: Kasteel de Wittenburg, Landgoed de Wittenburg 1,2244 BV, Wassenaar, The Netherlands.
Foundation for Critical Choices for India (FCCI) is a think tank and focal point for initiating and implementing studies and programs on issues of strategic importance to India in  social, political, economic fields by mobilizing the resources of non resident Indians (NRIs) / persons of Indian origin (PIOs).

Background & Themes

The United Nations (UN) is a 77 year-old world organisation representing 193 Member States. In today’s world, the UN intends to act on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century. Such issues are a) maintaining international peace & security, b) protecting human rights, c) delivering humanitarian aid, d) promoting sustainable development, and e) upholding international law. In today’s highly multipolar, nationalistic, globalised world, the UN is facing critical issues such as a) power imbalance, b) non-equitable representation of member states, c) lack of democratic principles in decision-making and d) dependency of the UN for funds on its member states. Several new global challenges are emerging (especially in relation to peace & security) that require co-ordinated actions. Thus, the incremental structural reforms at both UN and UNSC levels are vital for building reconciliation amongst the member states to make these institutions more relevant and effective.   
FICCI have conducted a systematic study through several brainstorming sessions, and through a legitimate literature survey came up with some new suggestions in terms of framework guidelines dealing with mechanisms to empowering the UN through its ‘One World’ approach of collective governance. A special focus is given to UNSC reforms. Here, The Foundation (FCCI) has come up with several innovative inclusive guidelines to make UNSC more equitable representation and impart democratic principles in decision-making. Additionally, a mechanism has been proposed for making the UN financially independent for its effective global governance.

The main aim of this international conference is to present FICCI’s findings, exchange views, and openly discuss much-needed UN reforms with the representatives of several UN member states, representatives from veto-holding nations, G-4, G-20, C-10 nations, EU, and other stakeholders. This international conference is the first major step to push further UN reforms without any biased approach and start the challenging journey to build consensus amongst the UN member states.
 The programme will be highly interactive and includes speakers and panellists from different backgrounds such as experts on UN affairs, diplomats, representatives from the corporate world & experts on international law.

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