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Donato Kiniger-Passigli

Kiniger-Passigli, Donato

Kiniger-Passigli, Donato

WAAS Representative to the UN in Geneva; Vice President, World Academy of Art & Science

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WAAS Representative to the UN in Geneva; Vice President, World Academy of Art & Science

Donato Kiniger Passigli is an expert in crisis resolution, development cooperation, public and labour affairs. Until recently, he coordinated the Fragile States and Disaster Response Group at the International Labour Organization (ILO). He specialized in promoting crisis response programmes and initiatives in the wake of major humanitarian crises, addressing governance and employment deficits. In his over 30 years at the United Nations, he was spokesperson for UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) and head of the media and public affairs branch of the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). He served as chief of staff for the UN Mission in Western Sahara and was head of external relations at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former-Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He also served as head of office in Belgrade for the UN peacekeeping mission and managed large UN development programmes.

Donato Kiniger Passigli is an expert in humanitarian action and governance, conflict analysis, risk management, disaster needs assessment, business continuity and partnership-building, he authors articles, delivers lectures and training on the above subjects. He is a journalist, since 40 years member of the Italian Press Federation.

ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR

Science as a Social Good   ( Knowledge, Science & Values ), ( Peace and Security )
Get Full Text in PDF Knowledge is power and power lends itself for good or for evil. The World Academy was founded by eminent scientists deeply concerned by the realization that the invention of nuclear weapons posed an existential threat to the future of humanity. Despite their efforts, more than 125,000 nuclear weapons were built during the Cold War and the nuclear genie remains at loose. Concerns regarding the governance of the powers of scientific knowledge remain equally controversial and...
Reflections on Arts and Science   ( WAAS ), ( International Organizations ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Albert Einstein said that art and science are branches of the same tree. Indeed, there is no dichotomy between art and science: they are an integral part of the same nucleon. Art is the ability to create, which implies inspiration and learning. Liberal arts, from medieval tradition till date, include humanities and physical, biological, and social sciences. There is no dichotomy here but a knowledge that is inextricably interlinked. Dante Alighieri, the supreme...
Retrospective and Reflections on WAAS@60   ( WAAS ), ( International Organizations ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values ), ( Peace and Security ), ( Global Governance & Law )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Solution to the complex nexus of problems confronting humanity exceeds the capacity of any individual or small group of individuals or organizations. But it does not lie beyond the capacity of the collective aspiration, intelligence and determination of humanity. The world needs aspirational leadership that transcends the partisanship and limitations of self-interested political, economic and cultural perspectives. It needs people and organizations committed to...
Redefining Multilateralism   ( New Paradigm ), ( Peace and Security ), ( Global Governance & Law )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract There is a compelling need to redefine our conceptions and institutions of multilateralism. Multilateralism needs to be reshaped to take into account the proliferation in the number, variety and diversity of stakeholders acting globally, the volume of international interactions and transactions taking place, and the interdependence and complexity of the engagements between people, organizations, communities, sectors and countries. Multilateralism needs to evolve...
Global Transformative Leadership in the 21st Century: A Science, Engineering, Technology Integrated and Strategic Perspective   ( International Organizations ), ( New Paradigm ), ( Knowledge, Science & Values )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract The goal of this paper is to focus on the Global Leadership Challenge in the 21st Century with an integrated and strategic perspective in science, engineering and technology (SET). “In any crisis, leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again. The COVID-19 pandemic is a case in point. We need to save lives now while also improving the way we respond to outbreaks in general. The first point is more...
Catalytic Strategies for Socially Transformative Leadership: Leadership Principles, Strategies and Examples   ( International Organizations ), ( New Paradigm )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Transformative leadership is the process of consciously accelerating the evolution of global society. This paper provides an overview of initial research findings of the project on Global Leadership in the 21st century (GL21) initiated by WAAS in collaboration with the United Nations Office at Geneva, preparatory to a major conference at UNOG on October 27-28, 2020. The objective of GL21 is to identify fundamental principles of social transformation that can...
Leadership for a New Paradigm: Planetary Moment and Momentum   ( New Paradigm )
Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This is a unique moment in human history. It is a unique opportunity to generate the momentum needed for rapid transformation of national and global policies and institutions. We are confronted by challenges of a magnitude and urgency greater than ever before at precisely the moment when humanity faces a global leadership vacuum. These complex, multidimensional, interrelated challenges have already generated unprecedented awareness of fundamental flaws in...
Fragile Contexts & People-Centred Preventive Actions
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Human tragedies continue to repeat themselves in the same hotspots of the planet. The inadequacy of all remedial policies is in front of our own eyes, but preventive measures are not put in place due to multiple interests and causes. However, a shift to prevention is required if we want to avoid further intensification of destructive phenomena such as violent conflicts, forced migration, poverty, diseases and environmental degradation. It is very clear...
Global Leadership in the 21st Century
 Get Full Text in PDF Editorial Note: This article is the initial background paper for a 15-month project entitled “Global Leadership in the 21st Century” launched by WAAS in collaboration with the United Nations in Geneva at a one-day roundtable hosted by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Baku, Azerbaijan on March 17, 2019. The paper explores fundamental questions in order to identify ways to consciously foster and accelerate the development of leadership so urgently needed to...
WAAS-UN: A Special Consultative Status and its Inspirational Value   ( Books ), ( Global Governance & Democracy ), ( International Organizations ), ( New Paradigm )
 Get Full Text in PDF As of July 2017, the World Academy of Art & Science, founded in 1960 by eminent thinkers and scientists, has something in common with more acclaimed and celebrated organizations such as CARE International, Greenpeace or Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). The commonality is the newly acquired special “consultative status” of WAAS vis-à-vis the United Nations. More precisely, we have gained a status that will allow us (Fellows of this unique...