2022 (EN)

On March 11th, IPI hosted a virtual conversation among four former UN senior officials on “The War in Ukraine: Anticipating Dilemmas for the UN as it Strives to Stop the Fighting.”
As the war progresses in Ukraine and millions of lives are upended, questions concerning ceasefires, humanitarian pauses and the like will advance. What dilemmas will the UN inevitably face when working to establish mechanisms to stop the fighting?
How can a ceasefire or humanitarian pause be negotiated without rewarding aggression?
What are the lessons from past experience?
And how can a constructive path forward be established?

  • Mark Malloch Brown, President of the Open Society Foundations, former UN Deputy Secretary-General, and Administrator of the UN Development Programme;
  • Karin Landgren, Executive Director of Security Council Report, former UN Under-Secretary-General, and Head of three UN Peace Operations;
  • Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator;
  • Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, President of the International Peace Institute and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Among the discussants was Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.