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UN Adviser Promotes International Goals

March 12, 2010 11:15 AM
New Wave staff newwave@tulane.edu

As part of Political Science Week, Gillian Sorensen will come to the Tulane uptown campus to address what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century. Sorensen is senior adviser at the U.N. Foundation, a public charity created to support the United Nation's causes and activities.

Stand Up

Her lecture, "Stand Up, Take Charge: Global Citizenship in the 21st Century," is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (March 16) in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center. A reception will follow.

A former assistant secretary general of the United Nations, Sorensen will discuss the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, poverty and underdevelopment in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the relevancy of the United Nations to citizens of the developed world. Stand Up, Take Action is an international awareness campaign in support of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.

The Tulane Organization for Global Affairs (TOGA) and the Department of Political Science are hosting the event. TOGA is a student organization that seeks to operate as an outlet for international affairs on campus. It is the umbrella organization for the university's model United Nations team.

"Gillian Sorensen was selected to speak because of her work as a high-level advocate for the United Nations and its importance to the world community," says Sam Tabory, vice president of TOGA.

The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute are co-sponsors of the event.