Facing our Future: exclusive series of talks by Sir Emyr Jones Parry

Emyr Jones Parry honoraries 2016

Sir Emyr Jones Parry receiving his Honorary Doctorate of Laws, 2016

Facing our Future – an exclusive series of online talks by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, former UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Security Council.


At this moment, the world’s attention is focused on facing a common foe, perhaps its gravest challenge in a generation. Beyond the horizon, however, there are other mounting pressures which cannot be averted, pressures which, again, will require common action and commitment. 

In a series of sessions, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, one of the UK’s most experienced diplomats, will explore some of the challenges the world must confront and what role shared priorities and institutions will play in facing our future. 


In a career spanning over four decades in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Emyr served the UK in a range of senior postings across the world. He held a variety of roles on European affairs, before being appointed as the UK’s Permanent Representative to NATO and then as the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council in New York. He has been a senior advisor on international affairs to a succession of British Prime Ministers. Sir Emyr has worked with the University of South Wales since 2018, where, among other activities, he has overseen a programme of negotiation exercises with our graduate students. 

This is an opportunity to learn with someone who has a wealth of high level experience in international affairs, negotiations and conflict resolution, and is part of our unique programme at the university to prepare our graduate students with the context for some of the key global strategic developments.


Open to alumni, these sessions will be held on Blackboard Collaborate, with the link released in advance of each of the sessions. To attend these sessions, register your interest online

1200-1300 Thursday 22nd October 2020. The UN Sustainable Development Goals 

1200-1300 Thursday 5th November 2020. Multilateralism and Threats to a Rules-Based International Order 

1200-1300 Thursday 19th November 2020. Where next for the United Nations? 

1200-1300 Thursday 21st January 2021. Protecting Rights 

1200-1300 Thursday 4th February 2021. New Security Challenges: Food and Water Security

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