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Summit of the Future – Part two: A geopolitical EU needs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council

Michael Sanfey, Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, makes the case that a geopolitical EU needs a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. For this to happen, he argues that France would have to make way, thereby demonstrating leadership and the importance it attaches to EU strategic autonomy and the effectiveness of the UNSC. An ideal occasion to make a commitment in this regard would be during the Summit of the Future at the UN in New York in September.

Summit of the Future – Part one

In September 2024 a major international conference will take place at the United Nations (UN) in New York entitled ‘The Summit of the Future’. The UN describes the summit as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in global governance, reaffirm existing commitments and move towards a reinvigorated multilateral system. Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre Michael Sanfey believes that for the summit to have any hope of success an element of “creative destruction” is called for.

UN Security Council: Thank you, next

Is the UN Security Council a dysfunctional dinosaur? Over a prolonged period, it has failed to grapple successfully with numerous transnational challenges. Michael Sanfey, Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, argues that the UNSC has had its day and needs to be replaced by something new.

The ‘Justice’-COP’s invisible stakeholders

Debates at COP27 remind us that intergenerational justice is gaining political salience – despite the concept’s elusive and contested meanings. In this post, Law PhD candidate Daniel Bertram summarises the recent revival of intergenerational claims in lawsuits around the globe and argues for an expanded view of future generations.

COP27: No adaptation if the risk isn’t perceived

At COP27, the world’s leaders are discussing the need to speed up climate action. In this post, Policy Leader Fellows Petra Krylova and Alejandro Saez Reale examine the association between people’s perceptions of climate change risks and good governance, using the global Climate Perceptions Index.

Sovereignty, power and global governance

Sovereignty is one of the most important concepts in international relations, but its meaning is contested and not immutable. Against the backdrop of today’s military conflict in Ukraine, Robert Schuman Fellow Michael Sanfey explores the tensions between globalisation and sovereignty, and the UN’s ambiguous championing of the latter.