If you've wondered how the 192 members of the United Nations ever reach consensus on anything, you have a chance to learn from an insider.
The United Nations Association of Greater Boston is hosting a lecture on that theme on Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 pm at Milton Academy's Straus Library, 170 Centre Street.
The speaker for the 2009 Kimball Memorial Lecture is Sophie Belfrage Becker, first secretary for political affairs at the Swedish Mission to the United Nations. She was previously posted in the Swedish Embassy in India.
The lecture is free, but RSVP's requested, to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-482-4587.
The announcement says: "Sophie Belfrage Becker will give us an insider's view of how negotiations at the UN are conducted, providing examples from important UN summits, including those focused on HIV/AIDS, Financing for Development, and the Millennium Summit which created the MDGs. This talk is particularly timely, given that the world's Heads of States and Government will convene in late September for the opening of the UN General Assembly and the start of a myriad of different negotiations on hundreds of resolutions to be concluded before the end of December."
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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