The international human rights system has come under significant pressure in recent years. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the US-China rivalry have created difficult political pressures, while major global challenges including climate change and global inequality demand answers. Effective diplomacy on human rights has become increasingly difficult, with incentives stacked against bold action.
The relationship between diplomacy and human rights is an uneasy one. Diplomacy is an art of negotiation, persuasion and compromise. Human rights are tightly defined and universal. The relationship between the two may seem paradoxical, but in the context of an unstable world order, it has never been more important.
In the 75th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this discussion will explore the critical role of diplomacy in advancing human rights in the future.
What are the critical human rights challenges today? What is the role of diplomacy in addressing them?
What is the impact of intensifying competition between the US and China on the human rights system?
Is there an opening for more leadership emerging from the Global South?
What is the future of the human rights system in the context of this polarized world?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.