Youth & Leaders Summit 2016
Youth & Leaders Summit 2016 - Inaugural edition
Day 1: The Agenda for the Future United Nations Secretary General
Day 2: The Art of Diplomacy in the XXIst Century
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.
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Day 1: The Agenda for the Future United Nations Secretary-General
The inaugural Youth & Leaders Summit was launched on Monday, 18th January 2016 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, hereFormer Prime Minister, Italy
Watch Panel 3 and 4 here
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
Day 2: The Art of Diplomacy in the XXIst Century
Tuesday 19th January 2016 - 9:00 to 18:30 - Sciences Po, Amphiteater Emile Boutmy
In partnership with the Centre d’analyse, de prévision et de stratégie (CAPS), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Welcome remarks given by Enrico Letta, Dean of PSIA and Justin Vaïsse, Director of the Centre d’analyse, de prévision et de stratégie (CAPS), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Watch them here
Session 1: A Fragmented Global Landscape and the Rise of Non-State Actors
The world has become increasingly fragmented and less Westphalian. In the context of these transformations, our debate will enable us to discuss to whom diplomats talk and in which format (the UN, G7, G20, BRICS, Normandy, etc.). The panel will also question whether non-governmental actors such as NGOs or private individuals have become their new interlocutors.
Moderator: Enrico Letta, Dean of PSIA
- Thomas Bagger, Head of Policy Planning, German Federal Foreign Office
- Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Head of the Paris office, European Council on Foreign Relations
- Christian Lequesne, University Professor at Sciences Po, CERI
- Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor in Chief, Russia in Global Affairs
Session 2: Digital Diplomacy
All human activities have indeed entered the digital age and so has diplomacy. This session will revolve around this transition and its manifold consequences: the use diplomats make of digital technologies, of course, but also the regulation of these technologies (ICANN, data protection, the application of national norms, etc.) – a question which has become more political than technical – and the new technological constraints the international system has to take into account (cyber espionage, Wikileaks and the Snowden case, etc.).
Moderator: Justin Vaïsse, Director of the Centre d’analyse, de prévision et de stratégie (CAPS), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- David Martinon, Special Representative for International Negotiations on the Information Society and the Digital Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
- Jan Melissen, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, Professor of Diplomacy, University of Antwerp
- Arun Mohan Sukumar, Head, Cyber Initiative, Observer Research Foundation
- Ian Wallace, Senior Fellow in the International Security Program and Co-Director of the Cybersecurity Initiative at New America Foundation
Session 3: Shifting Values and Interests: The New Face of an Old Dilemma
International politics have indeed long been a theater stage for conflicting principles and interests but the conditions under which the old dilemma plays out have been greatly transformed. Our debate will enable us to discuss these transformations: the ascent of the human rights theme in the last decades of the XXth century, as well as the globalization of news sources and more recently the omnipresence of social media.
Moderator: Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, Centre d’analyse, de prévision et de stratégie (CAPS), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, President of the New Eurasia Foundation in Moscow
- David Rieff, journalist and author, PSIA Faculty
- Bruno Stagno-Ugarte, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Former Ambassador to the UN, PSIA Faculty
- Gilles Yabi, Founder of WATHI, Citizen Think Tank of West Africa, and former Project Director at International Crisis Group
Session 4: The Impact of Mediation on Diplomacy
Mediation might be as old as conflicts but the number of actors specializing in mediation has multiplied lately, whether they be governments, regional and international organizations or even NGOs or private individuals. For every war there is a pool of mediators vying with each other to help solve the dispute. Our debate will enable us to discuss whether this evolution transformed the work of diplomats.
Moderator: Vanessa Scherrer, Vice-Dean of PSIA
- Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder, Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria, PSIA Faculty
- David Harland, Executive Director, Center for Humanitarian Dialogue
- Alain Lebeaupin, Apostolic Nuncio to the European Community in Brussels
- Álvaro de Soto, Former UN Under-Secretary General, PSIA Faculty
Closing remarks by Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain, PSIA Faculty