Facing Crises of our Time: US and UN in the 21st Century
CISTP and GT Model United Nations Lecture with Gillian M. Sorensen, "Facing Crises of our Time: US and UN in the 21st Century".
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Gillian Martin Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation, is a national advocate on matters related to the United Nations and the United States-United Nations relationship, addressing audiences as diverse as Rotary International and the Air Force Academy; university students; staff and members of Congress; journalists and leaders of civil society.
From l997 to 2003, Ms. Sorensen served as assistant secretary-general for external relations on appointment by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She was responsible for outreach to non-governmental organizations and was the contact point for the secretary-general with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders and other groups committed to peace, justice, development and human rights. Prior to that, Ms. Sorensen served from 1993 to 1996 as special advisor for public policy on appointment by Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, where her duties included directing the UN's global 50th anniversary observances in 1995.
Ms. Sorensen is a graduate of Smith College and studied at the Sorbonne. In the fall of 2002, on leave from the UN, she was a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government (Institute of Politics) at Harvard University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy. Previously, she served as a board member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on appointment by the president of the United States. In addition to her public service, she has been active in politics and was a delegate to three national presidential conventions.
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