International Berlin Forum - In Search of Lost Universalism

under the auspices of Association of Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe and hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin.   This is a major international civic forum which starts from the presumption that there are many cultures – but one civilisation based on human rights, freedom, the rule of law and democracy. That civilisation needs to be constantly refreshed by conscious action.


4th International Forum

Panel:  The Future is Now, Berlin, 26–27 November 2018. 

    Mikhail Fishman (Russia)  -  Moderator

    Amb. Francis M. O’Donnell (Ireland),

    Barbara von Ow-Freytag (Germany),

    Elena Zhemkova (Russia),

    Stefan Melle (Germany),

    Vytis Jurkonis (Lithuania)


6th International Forum

In Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, 21 November 2020

(400 authorized participants from 35 countries and 62 regions of Russia)


The main global challenges before and after 2020:  Lena Nemirovskaya, Yury Senokosov, Matjaž Gruden, John Lloyd, Lars Hänsel,Thomas Bagger, Sergei Guriev, Ian Buruma
 
Panel: The United Nations at 75 – Multilateralism
& the Future of Global Governance
    Bobo Lo (Australia)   -  Moderator
    Laila Bokhari (Norway)

    Lolita Čigāne (Latvia)

    Amb. Francis M. O’Donnell (Ireland)
    Mikhail Minakov (Ukraine)

Council of Europe - Association of Schools of Political Studies

Seminar on The Ecology of Multilateralism, Segovia, Spain, 26-29 May, 2019

Metropole Magazine (Austria)

Coronavirus: An Opportunity for Global Governance Reform- an article published on 4 April 2020, on How to make the April 5 International Day of Conscience really mean something.

Atlantic Council - Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity and Peace

For seven decades, free nations have drawn upon common principles to advance freedom, increase prosperity, and secure peace. Free nations must adapt and change. Yet our principles remain sound because they reflect the common aspirations of the human spirit. Inspired by the inalienable rights derived from our ethics, traditions, and faiths, we commit ourselves to seek a better future for our citizens and our nations.

Nizami Ganjavi International Centre  - Appeal of Members to the United Nations Security Council to Support the UN Secretary-General’s Urgent Call for an Immediate Global Ceasefire amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. (12 May 2020).


Leadership Challenges in Post-COVID19 Recovery (online Zoom conference,  24 July 2020) moderated by Rovshan Muradov, Secretary-General of the NGIC, and with participation of :
    Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan 2004-2007
    Moussa Mara, Prime Minister of Mali 2014-2015
    Djoomart Otorbaev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan 2014-2015

    Francis M. O'Donnell, Ambassador (ret.)


Coronavirus and UN Reform, an article in How do we lead in an uncertain world, the special edition of Global Policy Analysis, flagship journal of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Baku, April 2020.


The UN at 75: Still fit for today's security challenges? (online Zoom conference, 11 November 2020) moderated by Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with the participation of: 
    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of Mauritius
    Valdis Zatlers, former President of Latvia
    Abdulaziz Altwaijri, former Director General of ISESCO
    Moushira Khattab, former Minister of Family and Population of Egypt
    Francis M. O'Donnell, Ambassador (ret.) Institute of International and European Affairs
    Rovshan Muradov, Secretary General of the Nizami Ganjavi International Cente


World Service - The Noosphere

The InterAction Council of former Presidents and Prime Ministers, co-chaired by Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of Ireland,  and Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, held its 34th Annual Plenary Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, from 30 to 31 May 2017. This meeting was comprised of the following sessions:
    Present State of the World
    Creating an Inclusive World 
    Planetary Health
    Water, Peace, and Security

Amb. Francis M. O'Donnell was invited to present his guest paper on Brexit, "Parturition beyond Partition"


On 15th January 2019 in Limassol, Cyprus, the InterAction Council convened a High-Level Expert Group Meeting co-chaired by former President George Vassiliou of Cyprus, and Secretary-General Thomas Axworthy on “Ethical and Durable Approaches to Migrant and Refugee Issues.

Global Advocacy 

School of Civic Education, online publication in Sapere Aude, of the Russian-language article on Leadership Challenges in Post-COVID19 Recovery:

Вызовы для лидерства в эпоху восстановления после кризиса COVID-19