Wilkes University

Current Speaker - United Nations Lecture Series

Niall McCannMr. Niall McCann

Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations and Electoral Integrity

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Location

WilkesUniversity
Arnaud C. Marts Center, Room 214
292 S Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Niall McCann is the Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme, based at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, N.Y. Mr. McCann will discuss electoral integrity from his experience at the UN’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.


Biography

Niall McCann is the Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme, based at the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, N.Y. In this position he provides programming and advisory support to UNDP Country Offices engaged in providing electoral assistance (approximately 60 per year), as well as contributing to the development of the UN’s electoral assistance policy, as issued by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Since 2005, Niall McCann has worked for a number of both UN and EU field missions, providing frontline electoral assistance to the national electoral authorities in Afghanistan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Yemen and Zambia. His recent work includes assisting a number of UNDP Country Offices with the design and rollout of digital identity schemes, including national ID programmes, where requested by national governments. In election observation, he observed at Deputy Chief Observer/Deputy Head of Mission level for the European Union and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Sudan and Croatia, and he also served in numerous other functions for OSCE/ODIHR in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine. From 1996-1999, he was Elections Officer/Senior Elections Officer with the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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