The Principles of the UN: Solidarity in a Multipolar Age

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A roundtable discussion with H.E. Ambassador Natalia Gherman, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, on the UN in a new era of global power.

The unprecedentedly open process of selecting the next UN Secretary General has raised tensions between the major powers and the smaller nations at the UN, being as the candidate has traditionally been selected in private by the permanent members of the Security Council. Whilst innovations such as the very first public hustings for the candidates, held recently in New York and soon in London, are fresh and welcome, they make it even more important for the next Secretary General to live up to the UN’s principles of solidarity and consensus making.

Ambassador Natalia Gherman, the Republic of Moldova’s candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, will give her thoughts on the essential principles of the UN in an increasingly multipolar world and reflect on the way in which the UN must reconcile the interests of all nations, small and large. As part of this, she will discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals are vital for the UN’s political future by demonstrating the principles of solidarity in a practical way across the globe. 

Speaker Biography

H.E. Ms Natalia Gherman served for the past three years as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. In June-July 2015 she was Acting Prime Minister of Moldova. Ms Gherman is a career diplomat holding the diplomatic rank of Ambassador.

Ms Gherman has served in a range of positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, in particular as the Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Vienna and to the OSCE. She was also the first resident Moldovan Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Finland. Finally, she was elected as a Member of the Parliament in 2014.

Ms Natalia Gherman received her BA from the State University of the Republic of Moldova and her MA in War Studies from King’s College London. She speaks Romanian, English, Russian and German.

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