The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has announced it will hold a Metaverse inspired webinar as part of its Future Series. The Future Series is a unique webinar series held by the UNICRI to explore the future of technology and how future tech will impact our lives. The Series will cover the potential positive and negative impacts of future tech and the potential opportunities and threats associated with the technology. The Metaverse webinar will be titled the Metaverse and The Real World. It will tackle difficult questions related to the Metaverse, such as how individuals will commit crimes in the virtual world and how society will impact it. The UNICRI’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will host the Metaverse and The Real World. The webinar will include guest experts in intelligence and robotics.
The UNICRI’s decision to hold a seminar on the Metaverse is an interesting move by the intergovernmental organisation. The UN sees the Metaverse as an important development in technology. Likewise, the UN wants to become more knowledgeable about the Metaverse. This seminar is one way of doing that. The UN is exploring the Metaverse and wants to determine how the Metaverse will work alongside its institutions. As a result, the UN is curious about how the Metaverse will develop and shape intergovernmental relations between nations and global bodies. In short, this seminar is a way to help the UN develop Metaverse related policy.
The Future of the UN
It is well known that the United Nations is the de facto supranational organisation. Although criticised by many, the UN is considered the highest political power internationally. The Security Council gives the UN its power, consisting of five permanent members and ten elected members. The security council is where the real power lies within the UN, with the committee deciding the organisation’s direction and international affairs. The Metaverse and the Real World webinar highlights a new approach for the UN. It is interested in the Metaverse and will likely formulate policy on it in the future. As a result, it will not be long until the United Nations Security Council begins debating and introducing Metaverse related policy. If the UN is the supranational organisation it says it is, it will need to do this rapidly to ensure it remains the leading voice of international affairs.
The Metaverse will shape social, economic and political relations in the future. Thus the UN needs to be at the forefront of that change. It is taking its first steps at doing this through the Metaverse and The Real World seminar. Likewise, the webinar allows the UN to assess the impact of new Metaverses and their relations with them. The emergence of Mark Zuckerbergs Meta is one example of this. The seminar will give more insight into the organisation’s relationship with leading players in the Metaverse industry.
It will be interesting to see in the future how the UN will interact with nation-states and other international bodies like the European Union when dealing with the Metaverse. The introduction of Metaverses will change how states interact. The UN needs to be a lighthouse, guiding states toward the Metaverse safely and securely. The UN’s job as a supranational organisation is to ensure peace and collaboration globally. As a result, this role will become even more vital when the Metaverse arrives.
Overall the Metaverse is shaping and will continue to shape intergovernmental policy. The UN is at the forefront of this, actively exploring the Metaverse with its Future webinar series. It is an interesting time to observe international politics. Soon the Metaverse will change what we thought we knew about the political arena.