UNA-NY presents

A Conversation with
Irina Bokova

Join us for a discussion with

Director-General of UNESCO
and Nominee for UN Secretary-General

WomanSG Campaign Chair
Professor, City College of New York



Thursday, April 21, 2016

6 p.m. | Reception
6:30 p.m. | Program
7:15 p.m. | Q+A

Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza, Kaufman Center
New York, NY



UNA Members: FREE
UNA Student Members: FREE

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Please join theforan evening of conversation with Irina Bokova.

Ms. Bokova is Director-General of UNESCO and a candidate for UN Secretary-General. She was nominated by Bulgariaon February 11 this year. Ms. Bokova will share her vision for the role of UN Secretary-General with the audience and engage in conversation about her career in international relations.

This event is the second in a series focusing on women candidates for UN Secretary-General, and is co-sponsored by The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the Campaign to Elect a WomanSecretary-General of the United Nations (WomanSG).

Light refreshments will be provided.

Links to Visit


Jean Krasno: Time For a Woman to Lead the UN

Procedure of Selecting and Appointing the next UN Secretary-General

Official Candidate for UN Secretary-General
Nominated by Bulgaria
February 11, 2016

IRINA BOKOVAcurrently serves as the Director-General of UNESCO.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria she graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and studied at the University of Maryland (Washington) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University).

Ms. Bokova joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria in 1977 where she was responsible for human rights and equality of women issues. She was later appointed in charge of political and legal affairs at the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York. She was also a member of the Bulgarian Delegation at the United Nations conferences on the equality of women in Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995).

As Member of Parliament (1990-1991 and 2001-2005), she participated in the drafting of Bulgaria's new Constitution, which contributed significantly to the country's accession to the European Union.Ms. Bokova was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Coordinator of Bulgaria-European Union relations from 1995 to 1997; Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO from 2005 to 2009; and Personal Representative of the President of Bulgaria to the "Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie" (OIF).

Irina Bokova is an active member of many international experts networks. She is a President and founding member of the European Policy Forum. Formany years she has worked to overcome European divisions and to foster the values of dialogue, diversity, human dignity and human rights.

As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, cultural dialogue and scientific cooperation for sustainable development and is leading UNESCO as a global advocate for safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

In February 2016, the Bulgarian government formally nominated Ms. Bokova as a candidate for the position of UN Secretary-General.

JEAN KRASNO is a member of the faculty in the Department of Political Science at the City College of New York's Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. She is also a Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist at Yale University where she has taught courses on the United Nations, UN peacekeeping, and International Organization since 1995.

She was Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System from 1998 to 2003 when the organization was housed at Yale.

Dr. Krasno was authorized by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to organize his papers for publication, a five volume set, published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in March 2012.

Dr. Krasno received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1994, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on Brazilian politics.

Some of her other publications include: The United Nations: Confronting the Challenges of a Global Society, editor, (2004, Lynne Rienner, Publisher); Leveraging for Success in UN Peace Operations, editor with Don Daniel and Bradd Hayes, (2003, Greenwood/Praeger Publishers); The United Nations and Iraq: Defanging the Viper, co-authored with James Sutterlin (2003, Greenwood/Praeger Publishers); and Personality, Political Leadership, and Decision Making: A Global Perspective, Jean Krasno (author/editor) with Sean LaPides (Praeger Publishers, 2015).

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