Past Event

Distance Diplomacy: How the Pandemic Affects Processes at the UN

April 5, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online Event

The global pandemic has affected most spheres of economic, social and political life - including at the United Nations. In 2020, discussions at the UN Security Council, the General Assembly and ECOSOC shifted to remote platforms. This high-level panel highlights how the lack of in-person interactions between delegations affects formal and the informal discussions at the UN. Panelists shed light on how the social distancing measures, remote meetings, the lack (or reduction) of in-person encounters affect political processes and participation. And what do the current working modalities mean for the future of UN processes? To know more and to register, please click here


  • Ambassador Munir Akram, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  • Ambassador Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN and 74th President of the UN General Assembly 
  • Ambassador Amal Mudalali, Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the UN

Discussant: Stéphanie Fillion, International reporter on the United Nations

Moderator: Daniel Naujoks, Director a.i., UN Studies, Columbia University

Introductory Remarks: Dean Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Columbia University

Contact Information

IO/UNS Specialization at SIPA