Reflecting on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights


Event Details

Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
State University of New York Global Center
116 E 55th St.
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association and the SUNY Global Engagement Program for the third annual FPA-SUNY Global Engagement Program Speaker Series, delivered by the United Nation's Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour.  Mr. Gilmour will be speaking on the topic of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Registration will begin at 5:30pm, and the lecture will begin at 6:00pm. 

This event will coincide with the Foreign Policy Association’s year-long Centennial Lecture Series, celebrating 100 years of commitment to fostering an educated public discourse on the most influential topics in U.S. foreign policy. The Foreign Policy Association’s Centennial Lecture Series features extraordinary speakers, who will take the long view and imagine the future in their respective disciplines. The importance of providing citizens with accessible, in-depth, non-partisan material is vital to future world peace and prosperity. In one of his final public addresses, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the Foreign Policy Association that “In a democracy the Government functions with the consent of the whole people. The latter must be guided by the facts.” Now more than ever, this message continues to have resonance, and will remain the guiding principle and goal of the Foreign Policy Association.

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Event Speakers

    • Andrew Gilmour - Speaker
      Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, United Nations

      Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom assumed his functions as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on 1 October 2016, heading OHCHR’s Office in New York.

      In October 2016, Mr. Gilmour was designated by the Secretary-General as senior official to lead the efforts within the UN system to address intimidation and reprisals against those cooperating with the UN on human rights.

      In his previous position, which he held since 2012, as Director for Political, Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Human Rights affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Mr. Gilmour was responsible for spearheading the implementation of the Human Rights Up Front initiative.

      Since joining the United Nations in 1989, he has held a variety of positions both at the United Nations Headquarters and in the field, including in Afghanistan-Pakistan, Kosovo, Middle East and West Africa.  In recent years, he has served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, and in South Sudan and was the Representative of the Secretary-General in Belgrade.

      Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Gilmour was an adjunct fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and worked in the fields of politics and journalism.  He has contributed articles for a wide range of publications throughout his career.

      He holds master’s degrees from Oxford University in History and also the London School of Economics in History and Government.

      Mr. Gilmour, who is Scottish, was born in 1964. He is married with four children.



    • Andrew Gilmour