Institute of International Politics and Economics, together with the Faculty of Security Studies of the University of Belgrade, organised an international conference “Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the UN Multilateralism & International Security”.
The conference was held at the premises of the Deputies Club in Belgrade with the support of the University of Belgrade and the United Nations Association in Serbia, and with the coordination of the Energypact Foundation.
The introductory speech was given by the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ivica Dačić. Addressing the audience, Minister Dačić pointed out that the crisis of multilateralism is visible in the dimension of international security, where international organizations and institutions have difficulties to effectively cope with both traditional challenges and new, asymmetric threats. The guests were also addressed by Simona-Mirela Miculescu, the representative of the UN Secretary General in Belgrade and prof. Dr. Nenad Zrnić, Vice Rector for International Cooperation of the University of Belgrade.
The central part of the conference was split into two thematic panels. The first one was attended by prof. Dr. Vladimir N. Cvetković, Dean of the Faculty of Security Studies, University of Belgrade, H.E. Jean-Louis Falconi, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Sam Fabrizi, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, Françoise Jacob, United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Serbia, and prof. Dr. Boris Krivokapić, professor at Union-Nikola Tesla University.
Within the second panel, presentations were given by prof. Dr. Branislav Đorđević, Director of the Institute of International Politics and Economics, H.E. Thomas Schieb, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Amr Aljowaily, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Tian Yishu, political advisor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Serbia, Marian Ivanuša, representative of the World Health Organization, Milorad Kondić, president of the United Nations Association in the Republic of Serbia, as well as prof. Dr. Žarko Obradović, professor at the Faculty of Security Studies of the University of Belgrade.
Opening the second panel, the Institute’s director, prof. Dr. Branislav Đorđević pointed out the disastrous consequences of international and domestic armed conflicts around the world. Emphasizing the growing number of asymmetric threats facing the modern world, prof. Đorđević called upon for deepening and further promotion of multilateralism as an adequate approach to preserving world peace and security, in which the UN must play a leading role.
The conference was attended by numerous guests, representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, the academic and professional public, as well as by the media, in accordance with the current measures of the Government of Serbia in counteracting the Covid19 pandemic.
The conference agenda is available at the link: AGENDA.