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Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Annual Meeting 2024 - Roundtable addressing human security challenges: What would a Global Resilience Council bring?

The Academic Council on the United Nations System ( ACUNS ) held its annual meeting in Tokyo on 20 – 22 June. The Inclusive Society Institute was represented at the meeting by Chair of the Advisory Council, Ms Buyelwa Sonjica, and International Rapporteur, Dr Klaus Kotzé.

ACUNS which seeks to unite people active in the work and study of the United Nations is an important platform to better understand and address the most pressing global issues of our time. By looking at a broader range of global issues such as the effects of climate change, pandemics, human insecurity and extremism, the work of ACUNS not only aligns with that of the Institute, but also offers it the opportunity to raise its own concerns.

Under this year’s theme, “Global Governance and Sustainable Development: Revitalising Research to Support Multilateral Solutions”, the meeting recognised the urgent need to maintain and adequately reform the global multilateral arrangement, led by the United Nations. In pursuit of equitable and representative reform, the Institute actively participated in the meeting’s various sessions.

It was particularly involved in the panel titled “Addressing human security challenges: What would a Global Resilience Council bring?” This panel, which was chaired by Ms Sonjica, was hosted by the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS). FOGGS, a partner of the Institute in the Global South Perspectives Network, is creatively pursuing pathways to ensure appropriate responses to the inadequacies of the current United Nations framework. The Institute will continue to partner with like-minded organisations to ensure effective solutions that address the myriad challenges the world faces.


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