Topic: "Behind the Scene: Decisionmaking in International Organizations"

PLEASE NOTE: The International Governance Seminar Series is open only to university faculty, and graduate students studying international governance issues. An RSVP is required for each lecture

There will be a Reception following this talk, to celebrate the start of this season's series. Light refreshment will be served.

Speaker Bio

The post of Deputy Secretary-General was established by the General Assembly at the end of 1997 as part of the reform of the United Nations, to help manage Secretariat operations and to ensure coherence of activities and programmes. The purpose was also to elevate the Organization’s profile and leadership in the economic and social spheres. The Deputy Secretary-General assists the Secretary-General in the full range of his responsibilities and also represents the United Nations at conferences and official functions. She chairs the Steering Committee on Reform and Management Policy and the Advisory Board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), which handles relations with the foundation set up by Ted Turner in support of the United Nations. Before joining the United Nations, Mme. Fréchette was the Deputy Minister of National Defence of Canada from 1995 to 1998. Prior to that, she was the Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Finance. Originally a Foreign Service officer, she served as Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations from 1992 to 1995. In 1998, she was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.