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October 11, 2005


NEW YORK, October 11, 2005 – Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1999 to 2001, will deliver the keynote address at an all-day conference on a recently issued U.N. reform proposal Friday, October 14, at The City College of New York (CCNY). 

The event, titled “The United Nations in the Twenty-First Century,” will bring together academic scholars, U.N. officials, diplomats and representatives of non-governmental organizations to analyze in a non-partisan way the issues and recommendations raised in the report, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility.”  These recommendations are the most far-reaching and significant changes to the United Nations since it was founded nearly 60 years ago.

“We believe the conference will add an important voice to the international conversation about the future of the United Nations in general and the recommendations suggested in the report in particular,” said Professor Bruce Cronin, Director of the CCNY Master’s Program in International Relations, which is co-sponsoring the conference with the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies.

Ambassador Holbrooke has had a varied career as a diplomat, magazine editor, Peace Corps Director and investment banker.  In addition to his term as ambassador to the United Nations, he twice served in the State Department as an Assistant Secretary: From 1997 to 1981 as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Carter Administration, and from 1994 to 1996 as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs.  He played a pivotal role in brokering a peace among warring factions in Bosnia that led to the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995.

In addition to Ambassador Holbrooke, the program will feature four blue-ribbon panels comprised of academicians, U.N. officials, diplomats and representatives of non-governmental agencies that will critique major issues raised in the report:

  • Restructuring the Security Council
  • Responding to Security Threats: Criteria for Military Action
  • Humanitarian Crises: Criteria for Military Intervention
  • Responses to Terrorism.

Besides The City College, the program’s speakers represent the American Civil Liberties Union, Brown University, the Chilean Mission to the United Nations, The City University of New York, Human Rights Watch, Parliamentarians for Global Action, the United Nations and Yale University.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 250, Shepard Hall.

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.