United Nations

January 26, 2016

Gordon Brown, Julia Gillard and Kevin Watkins Discuss Funding Education for Child Refugees – in Pictures

Photographs by Tolly Robinson – Monday 25 January 2016 On a panel moderated by David Loyn, Gordon Brown, Julia Gillard and Kevin Watkins discussed funding education for Syrian child refugees.


Monday 25 January 2016, 5:00 PM

Funding Education for Syrian Child Refugees – with Gordon Brown, Julia Gillard & Kevin Watkins

More than 20 global leaders – including former presidents, prime ministers and Nobel Prize winners – will meet in London on 23 January to champion the world’s young people by bidding to reverse a dangerous decline in financing for education, particularly in conflict zones.

Following this meeting, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Rt Hon Gordon Brown; the chair of the Global Partnership for Education and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard; and the the head of the Overseas Development Institute, Kevin Watkins, will be in conversation at the Frontline Club. They will discuss how the international community must fund 1 million school places for Syrian refugee children. The event takes place just 10 days ahead of a major United Nations-sponsored Syria relief funding conference, also being held in London.


November 11, 2015

Kisilu: The Climate Diaries

By Harriet Agerholm  On Tuesday 10 November the Frontline Club hosted a preview screening of Julia Dahr’s Kisilu: The Climate Diaries, ahead of the film’s December screening at the UN climate change conference in Paris. The screening was followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Hugh Hartford.


January 9, 2014

What does the future hold for South Sudan?

By Alex Glynn The audience packed out the Frontline Club for the first event of the year on 8 January, a testament to the subject that has been dominating international headlines for the last few weeks – the crisis in South Sudan. A panel of experts from different fields, chaired by Channel 4 international editor Lindsey […]


April 24, 2013

A live issue: Tamil oppression in Sri Lanka

by Sally Ashley-Cound On 23rd April 2013, The Frontline Club held the first UK preview screening of award winning television director Callum Macrae’s new documentary, No Fire Zone – The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka. No Fire Zone uses forensically verified footage from civilian mobile phones and government forces cameras to chronicle the last 138 […]


February 15, 2013

Syria’s bloody conflict, fallout from North Korea’s nuclear test, and Italian elections set the scene for another whirlwind week in world news

By Jasper Wenban-Smith, international editor of ForesightNews. A round up of world news in the week ahead from journalist resource ForesightNews. Monday 18 February UN investigators looking into atrocities committed in the Syrian conflict will release their latest report on Monday. The commission chair Paulo Pinheiro and member Carla Del Ponte will discuss the report’s […]


February 8, 2013

Talks between Tehran and Moscow, Obama’s State of the Union, and elections in Ecuador make for another busy international week

By Jasper Wenban-Smith, international editor of ForesightNews. A round up of world news in the week ahead from journalist resource ForesightNews. Monday 11 February Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is due in Moscow for two days of talks with Russian counterparts, likely to include civil nuclear cooperation as well as the upcoming talks on […]


March 22, 2012

Nine years on is the UN still failing Darfur?

View event here. Download this episode View in iTunes By Nicky Armstrong  Last night’s event at the Frontline Club saw a heated debate between the expert panel and the audience on the UN’s presence in Darfur. Chaired by Patrick Smith, editor of Africa Confidential, the discussion bought up many of the tangled complexities surrounding the […]


March 21, 2012 7:00 PM

Nine years on is the UN still failing Darfur?

Since the start of the 2003 conflict in Darfur, questions have been raised about the role played by the United Nations and the viability of its mandate.

Join us at the Frontline Club to discuss the actions of the UN and whether they are still failing Darfur.


January 10, 2012

U.N Me Screening and Q&A with author Ami Horowitz

By: Ivana Davidovic When the United Nations was founded after World War II it embodied the world’s hopes for a more peaceful and just world. Since it’s noble founding, wars and human rights abuses have continued unabated, throwing a spotlight at the UN’s role in keeping the peace and building a fairer world for all. […]


January 9, 2012 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED Screening: U.N. Me

In a film that exposes incompetence and corruption at the heart of the UN, filmmakers Ami Horowitz and Matthew Groff charge an organisation with failing its founding ideals. U.N. Me is a harrowing and dark exploration of how the world’s foremost humanitarian organisation has become a clubhouse for dictators, thugs, and tyrants.


September 28, 2011 7:00 PM

Famine and Conflict in Somalia: What can bring relief?

Caught between political instability, conflict and violence, whilst famine and drought destroy the people and the land, there is seemingly little that can be done to bring relief to this failed state. Aid agencies are being criticised for not acting sooner and making provisions for prevention, as the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa were deemed “predictable.” Does the international system need to step up their efforts and produce a coordinated response? And what lessons can we learn for the future about prevention rather than cure?

Join us at the Frontline club with an expert panel to discuss the role of the international system, and what more can be done to bring relief to this war torn famine stricken country.


September 27, 2010 7:00 PM

THIRD PARTY EVENT Generation’s End: A Personal Memoir of American Power after 9/11

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In Generation’s End: A Personal Memoir of American Power after 9/11, Scott Malcomson recalls his time as the New York Times’ op-ed editor during some of the most important events in modern American history. Malcomson, currently foreign editor of the New York Times Magazine, will be joined on stage at this exclusive event at the Frontline Club by New York Time London bureau chief, John F. Burns.


May 11, 2010 7:00 PM

FULLY BOOKED War and aid: does humanitarian intervention work?

What is the reality of the humanitarian aid industry and what impact is it having on the people at the receiving end? How is the money spent and is there enough accountability to make sure it is spent in the right way? Join us at the Frontline Club with Conor Foley author of Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War and Linda Polman author of War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times.


May 15, 2009

Sri Lanka: The Gaza Connection.

It’s yet another Colombo morning filled with somewhat bizarre events and news.  An SMS message from a local news service just interrupted coffee on my sixth-floor balcony in Wellawatte, saying a suspected LTTE cadre has jumped off a seventh-floor balcony in Wellawatte after security services found suicide kits in a flat. I look around, see nothing unusual and go […]


February 17, 2009

Brazilian National Energy Plan

A bit of journalism. I wrote this article to the Climate Change Partnership website. It brings the other side of the story of Brazil being a very “green” country, such as was widely said at the UN Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland, last December. The article is self-explanatory. But I must add a line about […]


January 12, 2009

Mexico should pay attention to International Anti-Corruption Day

Mexicans might be encouraged to do a bit of soul-searching today by a United Nations campaign, which has declared December 9th International Anti-Corruption Day. Why should Mexico be particularly interested? Because, as we reported today, more than 5,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence so far this year – that’s more than double the […]