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United Nations’s “United Nations At A Glance”

A short review of United Nations’s “United Nations At A Glance”. Continue reading

“Regulated Globalisation”: Five Takeaways From French President François Hollande’s Lecture

As part of his two-day state visit to Singapore – and the first state visit by a sitting president of France – French President François Hollande delivered the 40th Singapore Lecture yesterday afternoon, speaking on the strategic partnership between France and Singapore, as well as on the benefits of globalisation and multilateralism. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam chaired the question-and-answer session which followed. Previously, former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and former French Prime Minister Raymond Barre delivered the 3rd and 7th Singapore Lectures, respectively, in 1982 and in 1986. Continue reading

The Good-For-Something United Nations

No doubt the UN bears some responsibility for these failures, yet in the bigger picture – besides the convenient quip that it has, thus far, prevented a Third World War – it has had more successes. The UN Charter, as the organisation’s foundational treaty, laid out four main objectives for the organisation: to maintain peace and security, to preserve human rights, to maintain friendly relations between countries, and to promote socio-economic progress. Arguably, while achieving the first objective has been problematic because of the structural limitations of the Security Council, the organisation has had more success with the other three objectives. Continue reading

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