UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown to Speak at Yale

Mark Malloch Brown, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, will give a public address on the challenge of managing global change on October 30, 5 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St.

The event will be Malloch Brown’s only appearance at a university as he prepares to leave office at the end of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s term. Free and open to the public, the talk is co-sponsored by Yale Law School and the Yale World Fellows Program.

 Malloch Brown will discuss the global challenges facing the UN in the 21st century, from turmoil in the Middle East to combating world poverty.

“We are honored that Mark Malloch Brown has chosen Yale as the venue for this critical discussion of the UN’s role in managing global change,” said Yale University President Richard C. Levin. “His years of leadership in international development and diplomacy uniquely position him to identify the key issues confronting the UN and the world.”

With South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon set to become the new UN Secretary-General and institutional reform high on the agenda, the UN is entering a period of significant internal transition. At the same time, it must also tackle enormous global challenges such as nuclear proliferation, terrorism, civil strife, infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and climate change.

Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh, the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, will introduce Malloch Brown and moderate the discussion following his speech.

“This is a great opportunity for Yale students and the broader Yale community to learn what lies ahead for the United Nations, particularly in these tumultuous times,” said Koh.

Malloch Brown became Deputy Secretary-General in April 2006, after serving as Kofi Annan’s “chef de cabinet” for more than a year. He contributed extensively to the UN reform agenda endorsed by world leaders at the World Summit in September 2005. He was administrator of the United Nations Development Program from 1999 to 2005, and, prior to that, served as vice president of the World Bank.

The Deputy Secretary-General’s visit underscores Yale’s role as a top global university with an increasingly international curriculum, student body and faculty. As part of its international initiative, the university attracts the most talented students and scholars from around the globe to prepare them for leadership and service in an interdependent world.

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