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Dean's Discussion: Elizabeth Cousens

Ambassador Cousens

Date: Thursday, October 8
Time: 2:30-3:30 PM
Location: Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS
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Elizabeth Cousens is Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the United Nations Foundation. Before joining UNF, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly (2012-14). She previously served as Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Susan Rice (2009-12). In this capacity, she was lead U.S. negotiator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including representing the Untied States in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. During her stint as ambassador, she led U.S. diplomacy at the UN on human rights, humanitarian, social, and environmental issues; served on the boards of UN agencies, funds and programmes, and was the U.S. representative to the UN Peacebuilding Commission. She was also sherpa to Ambassador Rice for the UN Secretary-General's High level Panel on Global Sustainability. 

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