The UN was built with the hope of maintaining global peace and security. 70 years and half a trillion dollars later—has it been effective?

About this Event

Born out of the vestiges of World War II, the United Nations was built with the great hope of maintaining global peace and security. Over 70 years and more than half a trillion dollars later, many would question whether it has been effective. The Security Council remains dominated by five countries and has proven resistant to reform. Wars in the Middle East continue to rage on, with the worst humanitarian crisis of our time unfolding with little international attention in Yemen. The number of people living in absolute poverty has decreased, but wealth inequality has also increased at an alarming rate.

Has the UN’s intended vision been realized? Is a tool born out of WWII able to face the challenges of the 21st century?

Hosted jointly by CIC-Toronto, the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee and the Hart House Debating Club, the 6th Annual CIC-Toronto Foreign Affairs Debate will feature student debaters from Hart House (University of Toronto) and Ryerson University on the motion “Be it Resolved That the United Nations Should be Abolished”. Standing in favour of the motion at hand will be Hart House, and standing on the opposition will be Ryerson.

There will be a panel of three expert judges, as well as a 'splitting of the house' where audience members will be asked to vote on who they believe presented the stronger arguments and defended their position the best.

The debate will be followed by a catered post-reception.

Event details

  • Doors open at 6:30 PM
  • Debate is from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Caterd post-reception from 8:30 to 9:00 PM


Hart House
Canadian International Council
Toronto Metropolitan University

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  • Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2020
  • Time & Duration: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
    • General Admission


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Debates Room (2034)
  • Note: Please reserve your spot on Eventbrite. Please note that in order to guarantee your spot, you must arrive by 7:00 PM.
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