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Michele Griffin of UN Policy Planning, ROK Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Shin Dong-ik, and UNSG Climate Change Support Team head Marcela Main address each of these areas in this special seasonal kick-off Studio Korea session.
Michele GriffinPolicy Planning, United NationsAmbassador Shin Dong-ik
About The Foreign Policy Summer School Conference New Cold War 2016
Michèle GriffinPolicy Planning Unit Director, United Nations
Ambassador Shin Dong-ik
Michèle Griffin is acting Director of the Policy and Planning Unit and Chief of the Policy Committee Secretariat in the Secretary-General's office (EOSG) at the United Nations.In this capacity, she supports the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General in taking key policy decisions through the Policy Committee (PC), which is the UN equivalent of a cabinet.
The Committee considers thematic, country-specific and emerging issues requiring strategic guidance and policy decisions.
Prior to serving in EOSG, Ms. Griffin served for ten years in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), where she advised the Under-Secretary-General on cross-cutting policy matters.
From 2005-8, she set up and ran the Mediation Support Unit in DPA, launching a ground-breaking Standby Team of Mediation Experts and supporting mediators and Special Envoys engaged in peace processes in Central African Republic; Darfur; Equatorial Guinea/Gabon; Iraq; Kenya; Myanmar; Northern Uganda; the Sahel region; Somalia; the Maldives; and Western Sahara.
Prior to joining DPA in early 2001, she worked for several years with the nascent Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in UNDP.
Throughout her years at the UN, Ms. Griffin has played a role in several key UN reform initiatives, including the decisions resulting from the 2005 World Summit, the 2000 Brahimi report on peacekeeping and the development of UNDP policy and practice on crisis prevention and recovery.
She also served for several years as an adjunct Professor at Columbia University, where she taught courses on peacebuilding and the work of the UN Security Council, and has published and lectured widely on UN matters over the years.She is married with two children.
Michèle GriffinPolicy Planning Unit Director, United NationsAmbassador Shin Dong-ik
What we're hoping to do here today with our special guests Michèle Griffin from Policy Planning at the United Nations; Frank Schroeder from the Climate Change Support Team, also in the Office of the Secretary General; and Ambassador Shin Dong-ik of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations for the Republic of Korea is discuss the United Nations by way of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, his first term and looking forward.
First, welcome to Michèle Griffin from Policy Planning, who has very extensive professional career.
She is Director of Policy Planning and Chief of the Policy Committee supporting the Secretary General.She served for a decade in political affairs on a wide range of development and security issues.
She's also taught at Columbia University.Michèle, welcome, and if we could get some of your thoughts about Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, his first term, and as we look forward, what to expect.
Ms. Michele Griffin, Policy Advisor, United Nations, New York, NY; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of International Public Affairs [formerly: Prevention & Peacebuilding Specialist (UNDP); Programme Officer, International Peace Academy; Advisor, Irish Mission to the UN]