Wilkes University

United Nations Lecture Series

The United Nations Lecture Series

The global perspectives of the United Nations come to Wilkes University through a collaborative program launched during the 2011-2012 academic year. Presented in partnership with the Humpty Dumpty Institute's Higher Education Alliance for the United Nations, the program brings U.N. officials to campus throughout the year for lectures and informal meetings with students. Wilkes University is the only northeast Pennsylvania higher education institution participating in the program.

Upcoming Speaker

“Financing the Future We Want: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030"

Presented by Mr. Navid Hanif

Director of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Thursday, April 8 | 3 p.m.

Watch Live on Zoom

  • Dawda Jobarteh  (2019)
    • Global Head of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Strategy Hub
    • Lecture Topic: "A Journey to Global Citizenship"
  • Niall McCann  (2018)
    • Lead Electoral Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme
    • Lecture Topic: "The United Nations and Electoral Integrity"
  • Charles Chauvel  (2018)
    • Team Leader, Inclusive Political Processes Bureau for Policy and Programme Support United Nations Development Programme
    • Lecture Topic: "Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies"
  • Usha E. Pitts  (2017)
    • Foreign Service Diplomat
  • Dr. Donald Lee  (2017)
    • United Nations Diplomat, former Chief of Social Perspectives on the United Nation's Development Branch
    • Lecture Topic: "A Roadmap to Global Sustainability"
  • Abdul Hannan  (2017)
  • Tasha Nicole Cain  (2017)
    • Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize
  • Odo Tevi  (2017)
    • Vanuatu’s Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations
    • Lecture Topic: "Climate Change,The U.N. and Small Island States"
  • Priya Sood  (2016)
    • Lecture Topic: "International Prosecution of Grand Corruption"
  • Vicky Edgecombe  (2016)
    • Lecture Topic: "Women’s Empowerment: Participation, Power and Perception"
  • Thomas Ritzer  (2016)
    • Protection of Civilians Coordination Officer in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support at the United Nations
  • H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto  (2016)
    • Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations
    • Lecture Topic: "Climate Change, the United Nations and Small Island Developing States"
  • Rubén Zamora  (2016)
    • Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations for El Salvador
  • Roland Rich  (2015)
    • Former Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund
    • Lecture Topic: "Voting: What can the U.S. learn from other countries?"
  • Gerald Bourke  (2015)
    • Spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme
  • Mattias Sundholm  (2015)
    • Communications Adviser to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)
  • Emily Pasnak-Lapchick  (2015)
    • End Trafficking Officer at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • Dr. Padmini Murthy  (2015)
    • Global Health Director at the New York Medical College
  • Matthias Klettermayer  (2014)
    • Sustainable Development Officer, UN Division for Sustainable Development
  • Ufuk Gokcen  (2014)
    • Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation of the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer  (2014)
    • Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • Dr. Hanada Taha  (2014)
    • Acting Dean of Bahrain Teachers’ College at the University of Bahrain
    • Lecture Topic: "Women's Empowerment In The Middle East"
  • Ms. Gordana Jerger  (2013)
    • Deputy Director of the United Nations World Food Programme
    • Lecture Topic: "The World Food Programme in Syria"
  • Mr. Mohammad Reza Salamat  (2012)
    • Programme Officer at the UN Secretary General's Climate Change Support Team
    • Lecture Topic: "Climate Change"
  • Verona Lambert  (2012)
    • Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF)
    • Lecture Topic: "United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF)"
  • Christopher Goldthwait  (2012)
    • Independent Consultant and Advisor to Cantera Partners and Delphos International.
    • Lecture Topic: "Food Security"
  • Simona-Mirela Miculescu  (2012)
    • Senior Romanian Diplomat & Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations
    • Lecture Topic: "Human Trafficking"
  • Usman Iftikhar  (2011)
    • United Nations Development Program official
  • Anayansi Lopez  (2011)
    • Department of Peacekeeping Operations
    • Lecture Topic: "Peacekeeping Missions Around the World"
  • Roland Rich  (2011)
    • Former Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund
    • Lecture Topic: "Elections - Road to Democracy Around the World"