New York Seminar

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Friday, October 11, 2013
14:00 – 17:00
One UN New York Hotel (formerly Millennium UN Plaza Hotel), One UN Plaza, New York
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Keynote Speakers

Professor Tapio Kanninen

Professor Tapio Kanninen is a Senior Fellow and Co-director of the project on Sustainable Global Governance at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, GC-CUNY and formerly was the Chief of Policy Planning Unit, UN Department of Political Affairs (1998-2005). Professor Kanninen has recently authored the Crisis of Global Sustainability, released by Routledge in 2013. Kanninen has also worked on several UN refomrs: as secretary and research point of the high-level drafting group of Boutros-Boutros Ghali’s An Agenda for Peace as well as Security Council reform.

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Download Article: “Why Bureaucracies Matter in the Global Age: A Post-Weberian Explanation with the Case Study of Preparing and Implementing the UN’s An Agenda for Peace”



Kate Offerdahl

Kate Offerdahl is studying international relations and sustainable development at Columbia University. As a former intern and Youth Leadership Coordinator for the Human Impacts Institute, Kate spearheaded NY+20, a youth-led conference on sustainability, and was instrumental in helping develop HII’s MobilizeUS! coalition and worked with supporting youth’s voices in the 2012 Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference of the UN. After Rio, Kate joined the White House’s Council on the Environment, where she continued her work on domestic environmental issues. Kate is currently interning with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to help document the ongoing post-Rio negotiations and other UN sustainable meetings. Thematic Expert on Post-2015 and Sustainable Development, IISD

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Panel Speakers
  • Ambassador  Lois M. Young, Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations
  • Ambassador  Stuart Beck, Palau’s Ambassador for Oceans and Seas.
  • Ambassador I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations
  • Mr. Brian Su, Deputy Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York