UN Refugee Initiatives, a talk with Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Event Details

Monday, November 5, 2018
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM 
The Knickerbocker Club
807 5th Ave.
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association in welcoming Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Grandi will be speaking on current UN refugee initiatives. 


Registration for the lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m., the lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. 


Please note that the Knickerbocker Club requires a jacket and tie for gentlemen and similar formal attire for women.


The Foreign Policy Association’s year-long Centennial Lecture Series, commencing in the spring of 2017, celebrates 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. 

Event Speakers

    • Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

      Filippo Grandi is the 11th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the UN Refugee AgencyThe UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. He was elected by the UN General Assembly on 1 January 2016 to serve a five-year term.  Mr. Grandi was most recently Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from 2010 to 2014 and its Deputy Commissioner-General from 2005 until 2010.  Having been engaged in international cooperation for over 30 years, Mr. Grandi brings vast experience to his new position from his work in refugee and humanitarian operations.  He served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and has a long-standing career with UNHCR, notably as Chief of Mission in Afghanistan and Chief of Staff in the High Commissioner’s Executive Office at Headquarters.  His vast UNHCR field experience includes positions in Sudan, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.  He also led emergency operations in Kenya, Benin, Ghana, Liberia, the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen. 


    • Filippo Grandi

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