Humanitarian Assistance and International Law- Live Stream POSTPONED

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Event Details

Thursday, May 16, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
11:00AM EST
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association on Zoom for a virtual roundtable on Humanitarian Assistance and International Law on Thursday, May 16th at 11:00am. We will be joined by Ambssador Jan Eliasson, former Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations; and Michael Hirsh, Senior Correspondent and Deputy News Editor for Foreign Policy Magazine. The panel will be moderated by The Right Honorable Lord Mark Mark Malloch-Brown, President of teh Open Society Foundations. 


This lecture will be live-streamed on FPA's YouTube account at 11:00am EST. You can find the FPA's Youtube Page here. 

For any questions, please contact [email protected] 

Event Speakers

    • The Rt. Hon. Mark Malloch-Brown - Moderator, Panelist
      President, Open Society Foundations

      Mark Malloch-Brown is president of the Open Society Foundations, the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

      He has worked to advance human rights, justice, and development for more than four decades in a variety of roles: with the United Nations, the World Bank, and as a British government minister, as well as with a range of civil society groups and business.

      At the United Nations, Malloch-Brown spearheaded the global promotion of the UN Millennium Development Goals as head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 1999 to 2005, under the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. At the UNDP, and previously as vice president of external affairs at the World Bank, Malloch-Brown led reform efforts that were widely seen as increasing the impact of both organizations. He later served as Kofi Annan’s chief of staff, and then as UN Deputy Secretary General, before joining the British government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as minister responsible for Africa and Asia from 2007 to 2009.

      Malloch-Brown rejoined Open Society’s Global Board in 2009, reflecting a close friendship with George Soros that developed in the early 1990s when he was working as a political consultant in Latin America and later over relief efforts in Bosnia. In 1995, Soros backed Malloch-Brown and others’ idea of launching the International Crisis Group, an NGO focused on preventing and averting violent conflict, in response to the horrors seen in Rwanda, Somalia, and the former Yugoslavia.

      More recently, he chaired Best for Britain, a group that makes the case for Britain’s engagement with the European Union and has among others led the boards of the Royal Africa Society, the UN Foundation, and the Business Commission for Sustainable Development.

      Malloch-Brown was knighted for his contribution to international affairs and is currently on leave from the British House of Lords. Malloch-Brown is a Distinguished Practitioner at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, an adjunct fellow at Chatham House’s Queen Elizabeth Program, and has been a visiting distinguished fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees and awards.

    • Amb. Jan Eliasson - Panelist
      Swedish Diplomat, former Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

      Born in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1940, Jan Eliasson was an exchange student in the United States from 1957 to 1958. He graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1962 and earned a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1965.

      Eliasson served as Diplomatic Adviser to the Swedish Prime Minister from 1982 to 1983, and as Director General for Political Affairs in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1987. From 1988 to 1992, he was Sweden’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York where he was part of the UN mediation missions in the war between Iran and Iraq, headed by former Prime Minister Olof Palme. In 1992, he was appointed the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and was involved in operations in Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique and the Balkans – taking initiatives on landmines, conflict prevention and humanitarian action.

      In 1993 and 1994, Eliasson served as mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Eliasson was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 2000 and the Swedish Ambassador to Washington from 2000 to 2005. From 2005 to 2006 he served as President of the UN General Assembly. Eliasson’s distinguished career as a Swedish diplomat culminated in his serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2006. From January 2007 to July 2008, Eliasson was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur.On 2 March 2012, Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the UN by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He took office as Deputy Secretary-General on 1 July 2012.

      Eliasson is married to Kerstin Eliasson, who was Sweden’s State Secretary for Education and Science from 2004 to 2006. They have three grown children.

    • Michael Hirsh - Panelist
      Senior Correspondent & Deputy News Editor, Foreign Policy

      Michael Hirsh is a columnist for Foreign Policy. He is the author of two books: Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future Over to Wall Street and At War With Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering Its Chance to Build a Better World. 

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