The president of the UN Security Council at the time of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 will deliver a public lecture at the University of Newcastle on Tuesday 17 July.
Mr Colin Keating, also a former New Zealand ambassador to the United Nations, has been widely recognised for his leadership and advocacy during the conflict in trying to secure a timely and effective response.
In response to Australia’s intention to stand for election to the Council this year, Mr Keating will present the UN Security Council lecture and ask ‘Can Australia Make It Work Better?’
The United Nations Security Council holds primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Since Australia was a member in 1986, the world has changed dramatically and a new security environment has emerged.
A seat on the Security Council would allow Australia to have greater involvement in decision-making on issues of global security and peace-keeping.
The University of Newcastle’s Centre for Institutional Studies, in association with the Faculty of Business and Law and the United Nations Association of Australia Hunter Region are presenting the lecture.
The UN Security Council public lecture will be held in the Hunter Room at Newcastle City Hall at 6.30pm.
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