• Challenges Facing the United Nations

Ambassador Peter Maurer

February 17, 2010
4:30-6:00pm
E40-496 (Lucian Pye Conference Room)
1 Amherst Street, Cambridge
MIT

Swiss Ambassador to the UN: Challenges Facing the United Nations

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Speaker: Ambassador Peter Maurer
1976 - 1981 Studies in History, Political Science and Public International Law in Berne and Perugia, 1981 - 1986 Tutor and lecturer at the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Berne, 1983 Ph.D. in Contemporary History ("Food and Food Supply in Switzerland during World War II"), 1987 Entered diplomatic service of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), 1987 - 1988 Embassy of Switzerland, Pretoria, 1989 - 1990 Desk Officer for Eastern Europe, Political Affairs Division I, DFA, Berne 1990 - 1996 Secretary to the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Berne 1996 – 2000 Minister, Deputy Permanent Observer, Swiss Mission to the United Nations, New York, 2000 - 2004 Ambassador, Head of Political Affairs Division IV, Human Security, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; September 2004 Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York

DESCRIPTION OF TALK: Ambassador Peter Maurer is in his fifth and last year in service to the United Nations before assuming his new position as Swiss Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs in spring 2010. He will present a state of the union address concerning the challenges to the United Nations including: climate change, peace-keeping and peace-building, terrorism, and human rights. His discussion will conclude with a Q&A and Swiss-style reception. Peter Maurer, who is currently Switzerland's ambassador to the United Nations in New York, has been named the country's new secretary of state in the Foreign Affairs Office. Maurer has been in the Swiss diplomatic service since 1987. Since 1996, he has been part of the New York UN mission. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Bern.

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