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Leadership Changes In A World In Turmoil

March 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm


ANNUAL SERGIO VIEIRA DE MELLO DEBATE, THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015 | 18:30 Leading international journalist Christiane Amanpour talks with the UN’s top human rights and refugee chiefs. This event will be broadcast on CNN.

Sergio Vieira de Mello’s long and distinguished UN career saw him dealing with refugee and human rights issues from Bangladesh, Cyprus and Mozambique in the 1970s, through to Peru, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Timor Leste in the 1990s.

He became UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2002, as well as the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Iraq in 2003.

More than a decade on from Sergio’s tragic death in a Baghdad terrorist attack, the world sadly continues to be plagued by conflict and crisis.

Leading international journalist Christiane Amanpour, herself a veteran reporter from conflicts all over the globe, talks with the UN’s human rights and refugee chiefs about leadership challenges in a world in turmoil.

Entrance is free, but you must register to access the Palais des Nations. See below for important information on security, access and CNN filming.




guterres.jpg António Guterres
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
zeid-al-hussein.jpg Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


amanpour_3.jpg Christiane Amanpour
Chief International Correspondent, CNN

Security and access

All attendees who do not hold a UN badge are kindly requested to register before midnight 10 March 2015.

  • Each registration is valid for one person.
  • You must enter the UN via the Pregny Gate on Avenue de la paix.
  • Please bring a photo identification with you.
  • There is no parking available for non-accredited vehicles; the closest bus stop is “Appia”

CNN Filming

This event will be filmed for the television show “Amanpour”, CNN International’s flagship global affairs interview program. The event will be broadcast on CNN International at 20:00 the same evening.


Please be seated before 18:25. The doors to the Assembly Hall will be closed from 18:30 to enable filming to begin on time. You will not be able to enter the main part of the Assembly Hall after this time.

Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.


This event will be conducted in English; simultaneous translation English/French will be available.


Palais des Nations
Avenue de la Paix 14 1211
Geneva, 10 Switzerland
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