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Uniting a World in Crisis: The Role of the UN in Its 75th Year
Amidst one of the greatest challenges faced by today’s globalized world, the United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Though backlash continues to mount against multilateral institutions, the UN is forging ahead on cooperative solutions to international problems. What are the challenges that the UN will address in the future, and how can the UN mitigate these conflicts in a climate of nationalism and global disunity? Join us for a discussion of these questions and more on December 4th from 12 PM to 1 PM ET, as Network 20/20 Board Member Lisa Rhoads leads a conversation with Sofia Borges, Senior Vice President and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Foundation, Gerton van den Akker, Head of the Health and Social Affairs Section at the EU Delegation to the United Nations, and Richard Gowan, UN Director at the International Crisis Group.

Dec 4, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sofia Borges
Senior Vice President and Head of the New York Office @United Nations Foundation
Sofia serves as chief liaison with UN leadership and the diplomatic community, working to identify new opportunities for building and deepening partnerships with a range of stakeholders, as well as overseeing initiatives with the private sector and managing engagement with other organizations. As a member of UNF’s leadership team, she also provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the Foundation. Prior to joining UNF, Sofia held the position of Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly and served in the Cabinet of the President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly as Special Adviser on Strategic Engagement and Transparency. Sofia holds degrees in Anthropology, Political Science, and Law from the Australian National University, Canberra, and Northern Territory University, Darwin. She speaks Tetum, English, and Portuguese.
Gerton van den Akker
EU Delegation to the United Nations, Geneva
Gerton is playing a key role for the EU in Geneva leading on global health issues & social affairs, including COVID-19, and coordinating the EU27 on these matters. In 2005 he was reassigned to the Netherlands Representation to NATO in Brussels, working as the private secretary to the Dutch Ambassador and as senior spokesperson. The Ministry called him back to The Hague in 2009 to advise the Minister on human resources & management Issues. It was in 2011, after the creation of the EU’s External Action Service (EEAS), that he joined the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York, first as counsellor on financial, management and budgetary matters and from 2014 to 2019 as Chief of Staff and Head of the Coordination, Press & Information Section, working very closely with the EU leadership in Brussels, New York City-based Ambassadors and ConsulsGeneral and with the current Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador João Vale de Almeida.
Richard Gowan
UN Director @International Crisis Group
Richard Gowan is UN Director at the International Crisis Group where he oversees Crisis Group’s advocacy work at the United Nations, liaising with diplomats and UN officials in New York. Richard was previously a Consulting Analyst with ICG in 2016 and 2017. He has worked with the European Council on Foreign Relations, New York University Center on International Cooperation and the Foreign Policy Centre (London). He has taught at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and Stanford in New York. He has also worked as a consultant for the organisations including UN Department of Political Affairs, the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rasmussen Global, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Global Affairs Canada. From 2013 to 2019, he wrote a weekly column (“Diplomatic Fallout”) for World Politics Review.