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Fall Programming - Jan Egeland

As former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland spent years working with the world's neediest and in conflict zones including Darfur, Colombia, Gaza, Lebanon, Uganda, the Congo and Iraq. Egeland joins us to talk about his time dealing with world crises, which he documents in a new memoir, A Billion Lives: An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity.

Join us at 7:00 pm Monday October 27th at UW-Milwaukee's Golda Meir Library Conference Center for an exclusive public engagement and book sale/signing with Jan Egeland


Jan Egeland
Jan Egeland
Former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Mr. Egeland has gained 25 years of active experience in humanitarian, human rights and peace work through the United Nations, the Norwegian Government, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other non-governmental and academic institutions.  He is currently Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross.  From 1999 to 2002, he was the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Colombia. 

Earlier in his career, he served as State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990–1997).  In that capacity, he initiated the two Norwegian Emergency Preparedness Systems, which have provided more than 2,000 experts and humanitarian workers to international organizations.  He has also been Director for the International Department of the Norwegian Red Cross, Head of Development Studies at the Henry Dunant Institute, Geneva and radio and television international news reporter, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr. Egeland holds a Magister Artium in Political Science, University of Oslo.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and a fellow at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, and the Truman Institute for the Advancement for Peace, Jerusalem.  Mr. Egeland has been Chair of Amnesty International, Norway, and Vice-Chair of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International.

Mr. Egeland has been an active participant in a number of peace processes.  He co-initiated and co-organized the Norwegian channel between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1992, which led to the Oslo Accord (Declaration of Principles) of September 1993.  He directed the Norwegian facilitation of the United Nations-led peace talks leading up to ceasefire agreement between Government of Guatemala and the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca( URNG) guerrillas signed in Oslo in 1996.  He also led the host delegation when the Ottawa treaty to ban landmines was successfully negotiated and adopted in Oslo in 1997. 

Mr. Egeland has published a number of reports, studies and articles on conflict resolution, humanitarian affairs and human rights.


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October 27, 2008
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Golda Meir Library Conference Center
2311 East Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee ,WI 53201
Basic Members: $4.00
Premium & Above Members: $0
Non-Members: $8.00
Students: $0