30 May 2017

Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting

Every year, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) hosts a three-day Annual Meeting, drawing together 250–350 academics and practitioners from around the world. This year, the Annual Meeting is being held 15–17 June, at Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea in co-operation with the Korean Academic Council on the United Nations System (KACUNS).

The theme for this year’s Annual Meeting is Revitalizing the United Nations for Human Rights, Peace and Development. The organizers anticipate informative presentations and lively discussions on this general topic and on a number of subthemes such as the promotion and protection of human rights; the challenges of peace and development; supporting global civil education; and the dynamics of relations amongst Asian states on issues of human rights, peace and development, and how these take shape within the UN framework.

The ACUNS Annual Meeting features the Keynote Address, the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture, Plenary Sessions and Workshop Sessions. The 2017 Keynote Address, on Thursday, 15 June, will be delivered by Professor Han Sung-Joo, Chairman of the International Policy Studies Institute of Korea and Professor Emeritus at Korea University. Professor Han Sung-Joo will speak to the theme of revitalizing the United Nations in an address on “Saving Multilateralism in a Unilateral World”. On Friday, 16 June, Professor Margaret Karns will give the John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture: “A Pivotal Moment in Global Governance? Looking Back to Look Forward”. Professor Karns, Professor Emerita of the University of Dayton and Visiting Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston, was at the founding conference of ACUNS in 1987 and is a current member of its  Board of Directors.

This year there will be five Plenary Panels at the Annual Meeting, featuring a variety of expert speakers from international and Korean academia and practitioners. The topics for the Plenary Sessions are: ACUNS at 30, Retrospect and Prospect; The Role of the UN in the Future of the Korean Peninsula; Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Humanitarian Crises; Agenda 2030–Achieving Progress towards the SDGs; and Agenda for the New Secretary-General.

The Workshop Panels offer a diverse range of panels selected from individual paper and panel proposals. This year there are a total of 39 panels running during the three ninety-minute Workshop sessions spread across the three days of the Annual Meeting. The presenters range from graduate students to senior academics and practitioners; in a smaller-audience format there is scope for more interaction and discussion between panelists and audience attendees, and an opportunity to meet and build valuable scholarly and professional connections.

For more information on the Annual Meeting visit: http://acuns.org/am2017/