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The Topical Fruit of Rio+20: What was Harvested and What is Still on the Trees
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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Ambassador Elizabeth M. Cousens, U.S. Representative on the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly
Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
Ambassador Elizabeth M. Cousens was sworn in on April 2, 2012 as U.S. Representative on the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly. Ambassador Cousens has led a distinguished career in international public service. She previously served as Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Susan Rice. She also served as Sherpa to Ambassador Rice for the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.
Shamina de Gonzaga is the Director of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN), a non-governmental organization in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), and Editor of “Centerpoint Now”, a WCPUN publication that provides a platform for individuals across sectors to express their views on issues of global concern. She is also the Co-Founder of What Moves You?, an organization that produces educational public art and other media exploring the relevance of global issues in people’s lives (www.whatmovesyou.net). Shamina is the President of the New York Chapter of “Femmes Leaders en América y en el Mundo,” a global network of entrepreneurial women. She is currently a contributing interviewer and editor for a book (in process) on the origins of microfinance, authored by Women’s World Banking Founder Michaela Walsh. From 2005 to 2008, she worked as Special Adviser on NGO relations in the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly. In 2008, she also served as Chair of the 61st Annual Conference of NGOs associated to the United Nations DPI, which gathered over 1,100 civil society actors, human rights defenders, government representatives, press, artists, and students, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She was a University Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Masters of Arts and Bachelors of Arts degrees in 2003.