Past eventMembers

Priorities for the New UN Secretary General

2 February 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Member of Council, Chatham House; UK Ambassador to the UN (1998 - 2003)
Sir John Holmes, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs (2007-10); Director, The Ditchley Foundation (2010-16)
Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House
Chair: Lord Michael Williams, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Chatham House; UN Under Secretary-General for the Middle East (2008–11)



In an ever-changing political landscape, the role of the UN will have to adapt to address new challenges and as António Guterres assumes his new role as UN secretary general, countries will be looking to learn how he intends to shape the organization.

This event will look back over the UN’s global involvement in 2016 and discuss whether current priorities will significantly change under a new secretary general. The panel will look at some of the criticisms of the security council and peacekeeping efforts in recent years before discussing how the organization’s inherent humanitarian and development mandates might be tackled by Guterres throughout his tenure.