Feb 04

EDA Hosts High-level Panel Discussion on United Nations’ Efforts to Ensure Peace in a Polarised World

Feb 04, 2020

At a time when there is growing cynicism about the role of multilateral organisations like the United Nations (UN) in achieving conflict resolution on the ground in the world’s most troubled hotspots, Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) today hosted a high-level panel discussion titled ‘The United Nations’ Work on Peace and Security in a Polarised World’.

Headlined by His Excellency Jeffrey Feltman, Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Her Excellency Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN, the insightful panel discussion drew the participation of EDA’s faculty and students. His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, moderated the discussion. Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations delivered a keynote address on the occasion highlighting the increasingly significant role of the UN in diplomacy and peacekeeping efforts around the world.

His Excellency Bernardino León said: “Today, as the number of conflicts around the world continues to surge, the need for diplomacy in brokering reconciliation is becoming more important than ever before. The United Nations Security Council, by assessing the treats to international security and maintaining international peace and security, plays a vital role” 

He added: “Indeed, it is an honour for the Emirates Diplomatic Academy to host such distinguished speakers, as they have dedicated their lives to diplomacy and helping build bridges of relations between nations. Through discussions such as this one, we aim to provide our students with key insights into the evolving role of a diplomat. It is our responsibility to maintain harmony among all nations and stand up for human dignity, equality and peace.

In his address to the students, His Excellency Jeffrey Feltman noted that the UN’s role in conflict resolution has grown increasingly complex today because no conflict is restricted to one country. He noted that despite the growing scepticism that organisations like the UN are only able to play the role of moral arbiters and achieve effective wins in regions that are outside the sphere of interest of the world’s more influential nations, governments and people in the conflict zones are always grateful for their presence.

Feltman said: “With the number of proxy wars being fought around the world in Syria, Yemen, the African Nations and closer home here in the GCC region, peacekeeping has become a much more interconnected activity. You need others to enable you to carry out your mission. At the UN Foundation, we endeavour to mobilise public-private partnerships and build bonds and bridges around the world, a mission that will reflect your own as future diplomats.”

He added: “Regardless of what many believe, it is fair to say that the UN’s continuing efforts to build consensus and shape a cohesive society in conflict zones empowers the local populations to achieve their goals of social and economic development.”

EDA is a distinguished educational institution that serves as the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify Emirati talent for diplomatic careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives. The Academy brings international expertise and experience to the UAE to prepare its graduates to represent their country abroad at the highest levels.