SOAS University of London

Dan Plesch to speak alongside UN Director-General Tatiana Valovaya at exhibition and lecture series launch

9 September 2019
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As part of a week-long exhibition and lecture series at the UN Library in Geneva, Dr Dan Plesch revisits the history of the creation of the UN System from the 1942 Declaration by the United Nations to the United Nations Charter of 1945. The exhibition and accompanying lecture on Tuesday 17th September will feature a never-before exhibited document unearthed during Dr Plesch’s research, that shows that as early as 1942, the wartime-United Nations was aware of the persecution of Jews in Europe.

This timely exhibition comes ahead of two major anniversaries for multilateralism. 2020 marks 100 years since the founding of the League of Nations, and 75 years since the founding of the United Nations. The exhibition will also feature a range of posters highlighting the wartime cooperation that was underway during the period. The collection includes posters from five countries: The UK; US; USSR; Mexico; and France.

The talk on Tuesday 17th entitles The UN before The UN will explore the critical period between 1942 and 1945, how an idea born during the war became the global organization we know today, and how it has contributed to shaping modern multilateralism. The panel will feature:

Dr Dan Plesch, Director, Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy, SOAS

Tatiana Valovaya, UN Director General

Blandine Bluckacz-Louisfert, Chief Insitutional Memory Section, UN Library

David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet, UN Geneva

Fatima Sator, Research Associate, Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy, SOAS.

The discussion will be chaired by Francesco Pisano, Director, UN Library Geneva.

More information on Dr Plesch’s research is available here.

If you're in Geneva and would like to attend the event, please register here.

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