Diplomacy in a Changing Global Environment

We welcome you to a seminar on the possibilities and challenges of diplomacy in today’s increasingly complex policy environment. The seminar will explore the consequences of a changing diplomatic environment to international cooperation and its credibility.

These changes, and their consequences, are various. This seminar will look in to how the increased questioning of the legitimacy of international structures and agreements influence ongoing global policy work. And how does the changing role of traditionally strong international actors, like the USA and EU, influence diplomacy? International policy networks are also growing, and non-state actors are more often involved in global processes. What is the role of e.g. religious leaders, Goodwill ambassadors, NGO’s, and business representatives in global diplomacy today?

The seminar will be held in Hanaholmen on Tuesday 6th of March 2018 from 14:15 pm to 16.15 pm.

You can join the Friends of the UN (YK:n ystävät) here.


13.30 Coffee

14.15 Welcoming words Maria Romantschuk, Programme Director, Hanaholmen

"Crisis of Globalization, crisis of multilateralism? Vade mecum for a new journey"
His Excellency Serge Tomasi, Ambassador of France

“Re-thinking global legitimacy – what’s in store for the UN?”
Efraim Gomez, Swedish Foreign Ministry, Head of the UN Unit

"The possibilities and missions of diplomacy"
Tytti Tuppurainen, MP, Chair of the UN Association

15.00 Panel: Role of non-state actors in global diplomacy

Helena Ranta, Professor, Forensic dentist and Member of the Board of Friends of the UN in Finland
Ritva Semi,
Special Advisor, The Trade Union of Education in Finland and Member of the Board of Friends of the UN in Finland
Rauli Virtanen, Freelance journalist and television producer and Member of the Board of Friends of the UN in Finland
Pekka Metso, Ambassador-at-Large for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Processes
Tuija Talvitie, Executive Director, Crisis Management Initiative

The panel will be moderated by Janne Hopsu

16.00 Q&A

16.15 Closing


Place: Hanaholmen - Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre (Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo, Finland)
Time: Tuesday 6th of March 2018 14:15 pm - 16:15 pm
Language: English and Finnish (interpretation both ways) - Kielenä englanti ja suomi (tilaisuus tulkataan)

UN Association of Finland in cooperation with
Friends of the UN in Finland
Finnish National Commission for UNESCO and
Hanaholmen – Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre

Participation is free of charge, please register here: Registration link

For further information, please contact:
Helena Laukko, UN Association of Finland, 044 7810303, helena.laukko [ät] ykliitto.fi
Tina Räihä, Hanaholmen, 040 5636846, tina.raiha [ät] hanaholmen.fi