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Some publications of the speakers
James A. Paul
Of Foxes and Chickens
Syria Unmasked, James Paul im Video, Center for Global Justice, 4.3.2016
With Katarina Wahlberg: A New Era of World Hunger? – The Global Food Crisis Analyzed
Hans v. Sponeck
Richard Falk, Denis Halliday, Hans-Christof von Sponeck,
United Nations should respond in the age of global dissent
Stop Anglo-American Dominance in UN! – Former Assistant Secretary-General
tragic US continues series of experiments in Syria’ - ex-UN Assistant
Hans Christof von Sponeck, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann and Denis J
A Different Kind of War: The UN Sanctions Regime in Iraq, Berghahn Books, New York & Oxford, September 2006
Organizer: Friedensbündnis Heidelberg and Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut (DAI)
Whether it be the war in Iraq, the NATO wars against Yugoslavia and Libya,
the war in Syria or the current conflict in Venezuela - the inability of the
UN Security Council to prevent wars and resolve conflicts peacefully leaves
many in doubt about the organisation.
These powerful nations had to shoulder the burden of peacekeeping and to
ensure that wars of aggression would never happen again. The UN Charter
declared the prohibition of the use of military force and of the
interference in the affairs of other states the central principles.
But whether it be armament, nuclear weapons, unilateral economic blockades or military inter-ventions - often veto powers themselves are involved, where United Nations initiatives are ur-gently needed to overcome dangerous crises.
On the other hand, from a historical perspective, the UN and especially the Security Council seem to be an impressive progress, measured against the conditions before 1945 and the work of the League of Nations. But are they really “the best we can get”, as it is often said, in view of the power relations?
Hans v. Sponeck will begin his talk speaking about his experiences with the Security Council and outlining some initial ideas for urgently needed reforms.
James Paul will then discuss in more detail the working methods of the Security Council and the steep hierarchy that prevails in the Council. On the basis of his reform efforts to date, he will discuss the directions in which the Council could develop in the future and the opportuni-ties for democratic change that would be needed to enable the UN to really work for peace.
Jim has spent most of his career in the NGO
sector, working on peace, justice and human
rights projects. Prior to GPF, he worked for
an extended period for the Middle East
Research and Information Project (MERIP) and
served finally as its Executive Director.
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