Not just a talking shop

“Oh, the UN is just a talking shop, ” is a comment I sometimes hear. But a talking shop which brings truly diverse groups together and then sparks a genuine conversation – is something different, surely? Well, I was ring-master at just such an event in Bangkok recently, entitled HIV and the Law – the Regional Dialogue for Asia and the Pacific, convened by the UN’s Development Programme. It was the first of a number of such regional events being planned by the UNDP and as such, no one knew quite what to expect – not the organisers, nor the participants, nor me, to be quite frank. The result was electrifying… (more…)