UN Official to present Assembly Series lecture on the United Nations and Iraq

Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations global development network, will be delivering the Stein Lecture in Ethics as part of the Assembly Series lectures at Washington University at 11 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 12 in Graham Chapel. The chapel is located just north of Mallinckrodt Center (6445 Forsyth Blvd.) on the Washington University campus. Assembly Series lectures are free and open to the public. The title of his talk is “Six Months after Iraq: Why the UN Matters.”

Since 1999, Malloch Brown has overseen comprehensive reforms at the UNDP and has been recognized as making the agency more focused, efficient and effective in the 166 countries it serves. He expanded United Nations support to developing countries in various areas, including democratic governance and utilizing information and communications technology to support development. UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, gave Malloch Brown the responsibility of leading the United Nation’s system in developing a strategy to cut extreme poverty by half by 2015.

From 1994-1999, Malloch Brown served as Vice-President for External Affairs and United Nations Affairs at the World Bank. He has an extensive background advising governments, political leaders and corporations. He worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and was founder of the Economist Development Report where he served as editor from 1983-1986.

He studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge University, where he received an honours degree in history and earned a master’s degree in political science at the University of Michigan.