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UN staffers present public lecture commemorating organization’s 70th anniversary

As the United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary this month, two UN staffers will speak on the global institution’s past accomplishments and future challenges during a public lecture at Salve Regina University.

“The UN at 70: Taking Stock and Future Challenges” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public.

Jean Viktor Nkolo, spokesperson for the President of the 69th Session of the UN’s General Assembly, will reflect on the significance of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations as an institution – its landmark achievements and the key challenges that lay ahead across the three pillars of the United Nations’ work: peace and security, development and human rights.

Matthias Klettermayer, a public information officer in the Division for Sustainable Development, will explore the recently ratified 2030 UN Sustainable Development goals and will take a look at how individuals and civic organizations can impact the UN’s work toward these ambitious goals.

Founded in the wake of World War II by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security and promoting better living standards and human rights, the work of the United Nations now reaches every corner of the globe. Today, the organization is represented by 193 member countries that tackle an array of global challenges.

The presentation is being co-sponsored by Salve Regina’s Office of International Programs and the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.