La Pastorale, Route de Ferney 106, 1202 Geneva

This intergenerational dialogue focuses on the origins, main features and current political challenges of the International Civil Service (ICS).

The dialogue will build upon the recently published book Eric Drummond and His Legacies: The League of Nations and the Beginnings of Global Governance, by David Macfadyen, Michael D.V.Davies, Marylin Norah Carr and John Burley, Univ. of Southampton, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

  • What is an international civil servant?
  • Neutrality? Yes, but it does not mean being silent: the ICS can take a stand.
  • Political appointees: the enemies of the ICS independence
  • What sort of leadership of the secretary-general and the ICS: not a secretary, not a general, but anyway an impossible job.
  • Endemic financial crises: a good way to curtail ICS role.
  • What needs to be done to support and reinforce ICS role for a stronger multilateralism?

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