Upcoming Events

Running out of Diplomats? A discussion on the changing nature of diplomacy and the staffing challenges of the diplomatic sector

24 April, 2024 | Zoom

Register here – https://bit.ly/FOGGS_RunningOutofDiplomatsEvent

Past Events
Note - The list of past events is not exhaustive. 

Zero Draft on the Future of Global Governance

1 March, 2024 | Zoom

An initiative of the Global South Perspectives Network, this online Zoom event included two panel discussions on “Global Governance and the Future of Humanity”, and “Zero Draft of the Pact for the Future”.

A report on the event, prepared by Inclusive Society Institute can be found here: https://www.foggs.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/2024.04.10-REFLECTIONS-ON-THE-ZERO-DRAFT-OF-THE-PACT-FOR-THE-FUTURE.pdf

Strengthening Democracy through education: Conceptual and Practical Perspectives

27-28 February, 2024 | Tallinn University

Conference Agenda – https://www.foggs.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/DEMOCRAT_Tallin-Conference-Agenda-27-28-Feb-2024.pdf

Emerging Global Geopolitics and the United Nations

24 October has been globally designated as UN Day, in commemoration of the entering into force of the UN Charter and thus the official establishment of the United Nations Organization on 24 October 1945.
A lot has happened since then in the world, and the UN has had to adjust its institutions, polices and practices in order to weather various storms. It has survived but its age is showing at a time when it is most needed, with numerous old and new challenges threatening the well-being of humanity, from wars to climate change and pandemics. What role can the UN actually play under the current circumstances, and what further adjustments could it realistically make to remain relevant for the years to come?

The above was discussed among a number of experienced former staff members of the UN and associated agencies of the broader UN system, collectively known as the Peacemaking Reflection Group (PRG – see https://www.foggs.org/prg), a network supported by FOGGS.

The Zaporizhzhia Case Webinar

For the first time in history, a nuclear power plant became a military objective during a war. This also highlights the lack of a ratified global agreement or treaty on non-aggression to nuclear facilities, or of another type, whose destruction entails a great impact on the population. Watch the presentation by nuclear expert Dr Alejandro Zurita and the subsequent discussion organized by FOGGS on 25 September 2023 on behalf of the Peacemaking Reflection Group (PRG) of former UN system staff. Dr Zurita’s PowerPoint presentation can be found at www.foggs.org/prg and his paper on the subject here – https://www.foggs.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/The-Zaporizhzhia-Case-FOGGS-Papers-2023.pdf

Inclusive Global Governance for a Peaceful and Resilient World

FOGGS, along with other partners hosted a full-day event titled “Inclusive Global Governance for a Peaceful and Resilient World” on 15 September 2023 in New York. The event was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s high-level segment and in view of a number of summits taking place during that period at UN Headquarters in New York. The Programme and other details including the video recording can be found here.
The event included the launch of two reports: Global South Perspectives on Global Governance Reform and An Enhanced Role for the UN in Peace & Human Security.

The UN and Global Resilience

On the occasion of UN Day 2022, FOGGS proposed a different kind of discussion on the future of our world with the perspective of youth groups and specialists on global governance and the UN. Press play and listen to their contributions and views. What do people from around the world, especially the youth, think?

The UN Charter 77 years later

On 26 June 1945 the Charter of the United Nations was signed by representatives of 51 countries in San Francisco, USA. It carried the promise of a better managed world after the destruction of World War II. The Charter provides for the structure and functioning of the United Nations and associated institutions, with provisions that may or may not be useful at this stage, like the veto power for the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. At the same time, the Charter sets as ultimate goal to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, an aspiration that remains valid but obviously not so well served. What is the significance of the UN Charter today and can it be amended to respond to the challenges of our times and to fulfil the needs and aspirations of the youth and of future generations?

Gaming for a Better World

Today, over 3 billion people worldwide play video games, which span a hugely diverse range of form and content, with the industry generating more than US$ 180 billion a year in global revenues – about seven times as much as the global music industry. FOGGS hosted a virtual panel discussion titled ‘Gaming for a Better World’ on Wednesday, 29 June. In this panel discussion with leading figures in the video game industry and a peacebuilding specialist, we explored the different types of narratives coming out of the gaming world and their current and potential impact on societies. In particular, we discussed whether and how story telling through video games can contribute toward building a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world.

Time to Rethink the UN

Public webinar co-organized by the Global Governance Forum (GGF) and the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) on 24 March 2022, moderated by Nik Gowing, former BBC presenter

Enterprising Education for Fit for Future Results

Why an entrepreneurial spirit is important when re-imagining education to cater for a sustainable future? How can experiences during the pandemic response school closures support this. In this recording of the pleanary session of the Enterprising education for fit-for future results workshop held as part of the #LearningPlanet Festival on 26 January 2022, Veerle Vandeweerd and Georgios Kostakos introduce the COVIDEA approach, and Eszter Salamon provides a ParENTrepreneurial approach to make it a reality with parents as equal partners in renewing edcuation.

Floods. Wildfires. Pandemics… Is it time to call in the troops?

In the context of The M4CE Project, the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) hosted an online discussion on the role of the “Militaries in responding to Civilian Emergencies (M4CE)”, on Tuesday, 23 November 2021. 

At FOGGS we appreciate the role that military personnel and equipment can play and have already been playing in areas struck by calamities ranging from pandemics, like the current COVID-19 one, to floods, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, industrial accidents, and oil spills. We believe that this role has to be highlighted for policymakers and the public and can be further improved on the basis of best practices that need to be collected and shared broadly. 

Invited experts from various countries and organisations discussed questions related to the legal framework and modalities of civilian-military cooperation in responding to non-military emergencies, command and control issues, budgets and training, cross-border support and coordination, among other things.

Reviewing “Our Common Agenda” for a Resilient World

On the occasion of UN Day 2021, FOGGS organised an online discussion on the future of the United Nations on the basis of the ‘Our Common Agenda’ report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The event included an appraisal of the global governance proposals put forward in the Secretary-General’s report by FOGGS Executive Board member Harris Gleckman, on the basis of a Background Paper that can be found here. It was followed by a discussion among FOGGS Executive Board members and guest experts moderated by FOGGS Executive Director Georgios Kostakos.

Implementing the SDGs in India

Statistical indicators cannot bring about sustainable development, unless they are tied to the social context, with existing welfare and rural development schemes brought together under one reference framework. To discuss this and other findings of the recently published report entitled “Implementing the SDGs in India: Poverty, Hunger and Gender”, the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) convened a virtual panel discussion.

Assessing President Biden’s Climate Summit: Is the dial moving closer to 1.5°C?

The Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) invites you to a discussion on the outcomes of US President Biden’s “Leaders Summit on Climate” that was held online on 22-23 April 2021 and the implications flowing from it for achieving the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement and ensuring UNFCCC COP 26 (Glasgow, November 2021) marks a step change in addressing the climate emergency.

Historia de amor y odio – Las narrativas que dan forma a nuestro presente y futuro

En estos tiempos de enormes cambios y de mucha incertidumbre, ¿Cuáles son las historias que nos contamos para dar sentido a nuestras vidas? ¿A nuestras sociedades? ¿Al mundo? ¿A quiénes nos hacen amar – u odiar? ¿Qué impacto tienen en las decisiones políticas? ¿En qué direcciones nos llevan estas historias? ¿Es posible cambiar de historia – y de camino?

We the People of the UN: Myths versus Reality

On 24 October, 2020, we co-hosted an event with the Dias to explore the hidden world of the UN and the people who work there. We invited staffers who work everyday in the UN system to share their stories, experiences, and perspectives to reveal the realities of life working for the UN and other related global organizations.

The panel consisted of:
-Ari Gaitanis, UNSOS/UNSOM, Mogadishu, Chief Strategic Communication
-Gemma Vestal, WHO, Geneva, Ex-General Secretary, FICSA.
-Leila Manly-Spain, United Nations Field Staff Union, Narobi, Vice President
-Rajesh Mehta, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, Delhi. Regional Coordinator, FICSA.
-Tanya Quinn-Maguire, UN AIDS, Geneva, President, FICSA.
-Veronique Allain, CBD, Montreal, Executive Board member, Field Portfolio, FICSA

For the Betterment of the World: Different Perspectives on Moving Forward

Organised on the UN Day 2020, “For the Betterment of the World: Different Perspectives on Moving Forward” was a discussion of global issues with distinguished experts from industry, civil society and the arts as part of advancing the UN75+25 Alliance recently launched with a view to establishing an intergenerational, cross-border global movement for a better UN and a better world in the next 25 years.

Online debate A new Narrative of Hope and a Global Resilience Council for UN75+25 

Out-of-the-box ideas for the future of the United Nations debated with experts and your participation through Q&A.

21 September, A Model UN for a Model World UN75+25 Alliance

Millions of young people around the world have been participating in “Model UN” sessions over the years, trying to simulate negotiations in the world forum, educate themselves about global issues and processes, and instil youthful energy and potential solutions to often age-old problems. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the UN on the day world leaders are scheduled to do so, 21 September 2020, and with it observe the International Day of Peace also falling on the same day, this event brought together aspiring young people with seasoned diplomats and international civil servants in a lively discussion about the model UN we need in order to get the model / better world we want. It was a moment of co-creation of the UN75 experienced generation with the UN75+25 upcoming generation, united in human solidarity and hope, creative energy and positive ambition.

Webinar on “A guaranteed income for all”

COVID-19 has been a shock for countries and people all around the world. It has shown how unprepared health systems and governments are to deal with large-scale emergencies, how easily borders can be closed again and travel come to a halt, how fragile our economies and how insecure our jobs are. How can we make the future more secure for all, more resilient and more attuned to what really matters to people, to us? We at Katoikos, the online magazine and community building project of the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS), have come up with a list of ten elements that should be included in recovery plans, and we made the #Engage4Better petition out of them (www.change.org/engage4better). 

Watch this webinar as we discuss the need of a guaranteed income for all with FOGGS Advisory Board member Yoriko Yasukawa, Associate Researcher at the Institut d’études européennes (IEE), Université libre de Bruxelles, and Political Advisor of the Member of European Parliament Philippe Lamberts Dr François Denuit, Associate Researcher at the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society at the University of Minho Mr Jorge Pinto, and Chair at Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) and PhD candidate at University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) Ms Leire Rincon on Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

Webinar on #Engage4Better petition – petition for a better world post COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a shock for countries and people all around the world. It has shown how unprepared health systems and governments are to deal with large-scale emergencies, how easily borders can be closed again and travel come to a halt, how fragile our economies and how insecure our jobs are. How can we make the future more secure for all, more resilient and more attuned to what really matters to people, to us? We at Katoikos, the online magazine and community building project of the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS), have come up with a list of ten elements that should be included in recovery plans, and we made the #Engage4Better petition out of them (www.change.org/engage4better). 

Watch this webinar as we discuss the #Engage4Better petition points with FOGGS President Richard Kinley, Advisory Board member Yoriko Yasukawa, Executive Director Georgios Kostakos and Katoikos Managing Editor Dominikos K. Chrysidis on Wednesday, 13 May 2020.