Youth & Leaders Summit 2016

The Agenda for the Future United Nations Secretary General 


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PSIA held the inaugural edition of the Youth & Leaders Summit at Sciences Po on January 18 and 19, 2016. This annual event brought together the greatest thinkers and leaders in international affairs to engage in an open dialogue with PSIA students, who represent the new generation of international actors from around the globe. With over 30 esteemed speakers and over 1,000 attendees who gathered to debate and discuss, the summit was a spectacular and thought-provoking event.

The inaugural Youth & Leaders Summit was launched at 8:30am by President Frédéric Mion and Dean Enrico Letta.

Keynote speeches were given by:

  • Emmanuel Macron, Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs of France;
  • Martti Ahtisaari, Elder, Former President of Finland, UN Diplomat and Mediator, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate;
  • Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.


Panel 1: Reviving multilateralism: A priority for the incoming Secretary-General?

9:45 to 11:15

President and Moderator: Arnaud Leparmentier, Le Monde


  • Pascal Lamy, Interministerial Delegate for ExpoFrance 2025, Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization 
  • Kevin Rudd, Head of the Asia Society Policy Institute, Former Prime Minister of Australia 
  • Hubert Védrine, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, France, PSIA Faculty
  • Chen Zhimin, Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University in China

Panel 2: The UN’s role in the global refugee crisis

11:45 to 13:15

President and Moderator: Marilyn Baumard, Le Monde


  • Giuliano Amato, Judge of the Italian Constitutional Court, Former Prime Minister of Italy 
  • Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Bruno Le Maire, French MP, Former Minister for European Affairs of France
  • Nabil Fahmy, Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt
  • Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Former UN Ambassador, PSIA Faculty


Panel 3: Will terrorism dominate the future Secretary-General’s agenda?

14:45 to 16:15

President and Moderator: Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain, Professor, Sciences Po, PSIA Faculty


  • Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder, Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, PSIA Faculty
  • Jean Marie Guéhenno, President and CEO of International Crisis Group, Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
  • Élisabeth Guigou, Head of the French Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Former Minister of Justice, France, Former Minister of European Affairs of France, PSIA Faculty
  • Alvaro de Soto, Former UN Under-Secretary General, PSIA Faculty

Panel 4: Moving beyond the Millennium Development Goals

16:15 to 17:45

President and Moderator: Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)


  • Henri de Castries, CEO of AXA Group, France
  • Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, PSIA Faculty
  • Kemal Dervis, Vice-President for Global Economics, the Brookings Institution in Washington, Former Minister of Economy of Turkey, Former Head of the UNDP
  • Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Center
  • Romano Prodi, President of the Foundation for World Wide Cooperation, Former President of the European Commission, Former Prime Minister, Italy

Panel 5: Reforming the UN system: A matter of urgency, or impossibility?

18:15 to 19:45

President and Moderator: Vanessa Scherrer, Vice Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs


  • Vuk Jeremić, Former President of the UN General Assembly, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia
  • Bruno Latour, University Professor at Sciences Po, Holdberg Prize laureate 2013
  • Amre Moussa, Former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt 
  • Angela Kane, Former UN Under-Secretary-General, PSIA Faculty 
  • Javier Solana, Former Secretary General of NATO, former European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, President of the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics of ESADE

Concluding speech by Valérie Giscard d'Estaing, former President of France

Closing remarks by Enrico Letta, Dean of PSIA, Sciences Po