Dag Hammarskjöld Symposium Series

Dag Hammarskjöld was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. (UN Photo/AF)
Dag Hammarskjöld was a firm advocate of the absolute sovereignty of states and the UN’s role to protect states from external attack and keeping the peace between “sovereigns”. He rejected the ideas of great powers that could enforce peace or settle political disputes in favour of peacekeeping in the form of mediation and conciliation which respected equal sovereignty of states. While R2P challenges Hammarskjöld’s idea of strong state sovereignty it is in fact aligned with Hammarskjöld’s call for action to prevent conflict.

 

In 2011 and 2012, WFUNA provided a forum for increased diverse and regional dialogue on R2P by organizing a Symposium in Venezuela, Caracas, Beijing, China and Nairobi, Kenya throughout the year. WFUNA invited key members of the UN community, government officials, civil society members and members of regional UNAs to participate and discuss the tension between state sovereignty, the role of intervention and its implications on the R2P norm. To engage key stakeholders, both at an international and regional level, in the R2P debate and to honor the contribution Hammarskjöld provided to understanding state sovereignty and intervention participants will be asked to use his philosophy as a framework for rethinking the future of the implementation of the R2P norm.

 

R2P Symposium - Caracas, Venezuela 28 February 2012

WFUNA held their third Dag Hammarskjold Symposium reflecting on the norm of Responsibility to Protect in Caracas, Venezuela on Tuesday, 28 February, in conjunction with UNA-Venezuela. Over 90 guests from NGOs, the Venezuelan academic community, and government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the symposium. Many embassies were also represented, including Russia and the United Kingdom. WFUNA also had youth members from UNAs in Colombia and Mexico participate in the symposium.

WFUNA and UNA-Venezuela made it in the Venezuelan news - check out the article, video and voice recording

Click here for more information and photos from the event

 

R2P Symposium - China, 1 December 2011

WFUNA held its second Dag Hammarskjold Symposium in Beijing, China on December 1 2011 in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden, Research Centre for the United Nations and International Organizations, Beijing Foreign Studies University and the United Nations Association of China. Over 100 participants including international and domestic diplomats from over 35 countries, scholars and members from over 10 civil society organisations as well as youth  participated.

For more details and pictures check it out here

Be inspired by our Youth! You can also read up on what our Youth Representatives had to say about their attendance at the conference - what they learnt and how they will be promoting R2P within their own country.

R2P Symposium - Kenya, 7 June 2011

WFUNA held its first Dag Hammarskjöld Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya on June 7 2011 in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden and the United Nations Information Centre. 20 participants from UNA-Uganda, 15 participants from UNA-Tanzania and over 25 from UNA-Kenya came to participate in the day long Symposium. In addition 5 key civil society organisations and members of the academic community were represented.

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