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UNESCO: Hail and Farewell

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The Institute of World Politics

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This discussion is part of IWP's Women Executives in National Security (WENS) program.

About the Lecture: In December the U.S. officially left the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, for the second time, thirty-four years after its previous departure. Why did the U.S. leave UNESCO in 1984, an organization it helped to found in 1946? Why did it return in 2003? What has it done at UNESCO during the past fifteen years? And why did it leave again? Ambassador Oliver's remarks will discuss these and other issues relating to U.S. efforts to engage in effective multilateral diplomacy through organizations such as UNESCO.

About the Speaker: Ambassador Louise V. Oliver served as the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 2004-2009. As the first U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO in twenty years, Amb. Oliver led the U.S. re-engagement with that organization. In addition to providing active leadership in a wide variety of areas including global literacy, clean water, freedom of expression, and preservation of world heritage, she negotiated two international treaties and numerous resolutions relating to the Middle East. Amb. Oliver is an expert on the art of multilateral diplomacy, and teaches classes on that and related topics. Prior to serving at UNESCO, Amb. Oliver worked with a number of non-profit organizations that focus on education and other public policy issues. She also worked at the Department of Education and in the Office of Presidential Personnel during the Reagan Administration. After serving as the President of the French-American Cultural Foundation from 2015-2017, Amb. Oliver joined the Diplomatic Advisory Board of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. She now focuses her efforts on educating Americans of all ages on the events of World War I, and in particular, on the U.S. role in that horrific war.

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