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The United Nations… uh, what is it, exactly?

January 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The United Nations… uh, what is it, exactly?

January 12, 2017

We’ve all heard of the United Nations: it’s an intergovernmental organization that works on issues like world peace, human rights, and food security… but how does it work?

  • What, exactly, is the United Nations?  Is it a world government?
  • What kind of power does it have?
  • Why are some countries a part of the UN and some countries aren’t?
  • Is it successful?  Is global diplomacy working?

Get answers to all the questions you’ve had about the United Nations, and meet a community of people curious about the same things you are.

Our speaker will give a 20-30 minute overview of the subject, followed by extensive Q&A. Hang out after the event for drinks and snacks at the post-event mixer.


Prof. Maria IvanovaProf. Maria Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar, where she researches global governance and reform. She is Associate Professor of Global Governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she also co-directs the Center for Governance and Sustainability. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.N. Secretary-General, a Board member of the U.N. University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Read more.


January 12, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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