Event : Open Society Panel Discussion on "Rethinking the United Nations" on 16th January 2019

10-01-2019 to 31-01-2019 FACULTY OF ARTS >> Department of Political Science


Department of Political Science
Faculty of Arts
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Vadodara, Gujarat, India - 390 002
Accredited ‘A’ by NAAC
9th January 2019
Open Society
invites you to a panel discussion on
“Rethinking the United Nations”
Date:               16th January, 2019
Time:              1.50 p.m. to 4.25 p.m.
Venue:            Seminar Room, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
The themes of the discussion would include –
  1. “Restructuring and/or Reforming the United Nations”
  2.  “United Nations and Human Rights”
  3. “India and the United Nations”
The program schedule is
1.50pm - 2.00pm:                    Opening Session and Introduction
2.00pm - 2.45pm:                    Panel 1 – Harshil Shah, Jay Patel and Surbhi Bhatnagar
2.45pm - 3.00pm:                    Tea/ Coffee
3.00pm - 3.45pm                     Panel 2 – Sakshi Bhatnagar, Neha Patil, Anwita Ghosh
3.45pm - 4.15pm                     Open Discussion and Questions
4.15pm - 4.25pm                     Certificate Distribution and Concluding Comments
About the theme:
The United Nations, founded in 1945, is an international organization which was set up with the ambitions of promoting world peace and enabling cooperation among various countries of the world. It provides a platform for countries to discuss their social, humanitarian and political issues and negotiate over conflicts in a peaceful manner. However, given its lofty ideals and the efforts it made in its initial years to reach them, it is now in the process of a slow descent into a platform where global powers play politics. Serious questions have been raised on the democratic representation which has in turn ignited a discourse on alternative mechanisms of global governance and/or an attempt to rethink the United Nations. Thus, it becomes increasingly important to ask the following questions: what are and should be the objectives of the UN? How can it be made into an organization that does live up to its ideals? What role has India played? In what way can India potentially contribute to this international organization?
About Open Society:
Open Society is an initiative by the students of the Department of Political Science, to discuss, debate and engage with issues of political interest. Under its auspices, several lectures, movie screenings, documentary screenings, debates and essay competitions have been organized.
For more details, contact:
Anwita Ghosh +91 9409120490
Harshil Shah +91 8511772644
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