The Centre for United Nations Studies

03 February 2021
16:00 - 17:00
The international battle against COVID-19, by Dr Richard Alderslade, former Senior Adviser with the World Health Organisation and Senior Teaching Fellow in Public Health at St George’s Hospital, University of London.
17 February 2021
16:00 - 17:00
Working for International Media and New York City's Response to the Covid19 Pandemic, by Tinatin Japaridze, Press Secretary for New York City Health & Hospitals and former UN Bureau Chief for Russian, Ukranian & Georgian Media.


Led by Mark Seddon and Paul Graham the Centre for UN studies was established in order to:

  • undertake research into the United Nations with the aim of improving its effectiveness
  • educate students in the role of international organisations, such as the United Nations, and in global diplomacy more broadly
  • build a network of university and research centres across the world to achieve these research and educational objectives.

The Centre is supported by a Board of Advisers with a wealth of experience:

Chair of the Board
Lord (Mark) Malloch Brown. Former UN Deputy Secretary-General and former minister in the UK Foreign Office.


Maria Fernanda Espinosa. Former President of the UN General Assembly and former Foreign & Defence Minister of Ecuador
Tom Fletcher. Adviser to the Global Business Coalition for Education & Emirates Diplomatic Academy, United Arab Emirates.
Jan Kavan. Former President UN General Assembly. Former Foreign Minister, Czech Republic.
Andrew Whitley. Executive Director, GeoPolitical Advice and former senior UN official.
Natalie Samarasinghe. Executive Director – UN Association, UK, UNA-UK, London.
Karl Yin. Vice-Chairman of HIK Group
Professor Eric Davis. United Nations and Global Policy Studies, Rutgers University.
Mita Hosali. Deputy Director, UN News Services Division, Department of Public Information, United Nations, New York.
Franz Baumann. Research Professor, New York University. Former Assistant Secretary-General, UN.
Ian Williams. Correspondent, New York.
Professor Roger Clark. Rutgers University.
Richard Kozul-Wright. Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies UN Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD, Geneva).

If you wish to find out more about the work of the Centre please contact Dr Paul Graham.