Moderated by Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Associate Director, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Director, Center for International Conflict Resolution

Advance Registration Required. Seating is limited.


Ambassador Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012. He previously served as Special Envoy to the UN Secretary-General for Darfur and as President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He was Sweden’s Foreign Minister from 2005-2006, and the country’s Ambassador to the United States from 2000-2005. Prior to that, he served as Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Eliasson served as mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OCSE) from 1993 to 1994. He was Sweden’s Ambassador to the UN from 1988-92, and during that time served as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Iran/Iraq.

He was the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and was involved in operations in Africa and the Balkans while taking up initiatives on landmines, conflict prevention, and humanitarian action. He has been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University and Gothenburg University in Sweden, lecturing on mediation, conflict resolution and UN reform. In addition to his diplomatic postings in New York, Amb. Eliasson has served in Paris, Bonn, Washington (twice) and Harare, where he opened the first Swedish Embassy in 1980. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Eliasson also served as Chair of Water Aid/Sweden and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advocacy Group of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).