Sweden has since 2017 been a member of the United Nations Security Council and has for two terms held the presidency of the Council. During this period a number of historic world events have happened like the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement and the possibility of a denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. In order to handle events like these, the president of the council has to navigate through a difficult and at many times unpredictable diplomatic landscape. To give us some insight into the machinery of the security council the Uppsala Association of Foreign Affairs has the honor of welcoming the Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and the two terms president of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Olof Skoog. The topic of the evening will be how Swedish ambitions have shaped the Security Council and the results thereof.
Ambassador Olof Skoog is a Swedish diplomat with extensive experience of multilateral negotiations focusing on peace and security. He has been Swedish Ambassador to several countries in South America and Asia, as well as to international institutions such as the UN, the EU and the OSCE. He also notably served as executive assistant to Dr Hans Blix as part of the UN efforts aimed at verifying WMD programmes in Iraq, and was appointed by the EU High Representative to serve as the first Permanent Chair of the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC) in 2010. In 2015, Ambassador Skoog was appointed as Sweden’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and served as president of the United Nations Security Council during January 2017 and July 2018.
Time: 6:00-7:15 PM
Place: Sal IX, Universitetshuset
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.
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In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.