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Multilateralism Under Threat: The Challenges Facing the UN in the lead up to its 75th Anniversary | Qatar University

Multilateralism Under Threat: The Challenges Facing the UN in the lead up to its 75th Anniversary

2018-12-19
Group Photo at QU College of Law Symposium

Qatar University’s (QU) Faculty of Law holds a symposium under the title “Multilateralism Under Threat: The Challenges Facing the UN in the lead up to its 75th Anniversary” in which María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly and former Foreign Minister of Ecuador spoke on the topic. HE Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations attended the symposium and Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President of QU, was also in attendance and welcomed all distinguished guests, professors and experts.

In her speech, María Garcés addressed today’s world crises including terrorism, illegal migration, the refugee problem, violence against women, climate change, unemployment, international conflicts and armed conflict. She also noted the importance of multilateralism, including international cooperation, collective action, constructive dialogue and bilateral negotiations to confront these global crises. She also pointed out that the stability of the world depends on the political will of states, their shared responsibility and their needed efforts to implement United Nations resolutions in various fields including human, women and children’s rights under the global legal system for human rights and under the international humanitarian law.

Director of the Law Clinic at QU College of Law, Dr. Mohammed Mattar welcomed the United Nations decision to adopt The Global Compact for Migration on 10 December 2018, which was considered a historic move on the roadmap to prevent suffering. He also noted the number of UN initiatives that QU contributes to in particular the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative. Dr. Mattar announced that the College of Law will be hosting the Annual Conference of the International Society of Criminology from 27-30 October 2019 in preparation for The Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice which will be held in Kyoto, Japan, from 20 to 27 April 2020.

QU Assistant Professor of Law, Dr. Muna Al-Marzouqi commented saying, “The Faculty of Law is honored to host the President of the General Assembly who speaks today on multilateralism. Multilateralism is an important issue in the international community and is being pursued by the President of the General Assembly. It requires the resolution of problems afflicting all states by collective decision-making and a unified direction.”

She adds, “The current challenges faced by states require concerted international efforts and states should be seated at the dialogue table in order to identify problems and determine the procedures for finding resolutions. What threatens the principle of multilateralism is the existence of states whose decisions are independent of the will of the international community. This affects the rights of people and the goals and objectives of the UN.”

At the conclusion of the symposium, attendees raised several questions about the concept of international law and the recent trend towards general principles and directives —rather than binding international conventions— and how to ensure these principles and guidelines are implemented in the absence of traditional mechanisms, which are stipulated in the various international conventions.

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