Zahir Tanin, Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to Speak at WWS, April 9
Audience:Open to the Public
Ambassador Dr. Zahir Tanin, who serves as the Permanent Representative for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations, will deliver a public talk at the Woodrow Wilson School on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 4:30 p.m., Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. The discussion, "Left Behind: The United Nations in Post-Transition Afghanistan," is cosponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD), the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School.
As Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Tanin has participated in the high level meetings of the General Assembly as a member of his country’s delegations since 2007, has delivered statements on behalf of the government of Afghanistan in the Security Council, the General Assembly, and other events and panels both within and outside of the U.N. Ambassador Tanin has traveled to high level meetings around the world to represent his country, including the Rio +20 conference in June 2012, the 4th U.N. Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC) in Istanbul in June 2011, and as head of delegation in LDC conferences in Lisbon in 2010, in Delhi in 2011, and the Non-Aligned Movement Ministerial Meeting in Cuba in 2009.
On behalf of Afghanistan, Ambassador Tanin has served as a vice chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People since 2006, and has chaired or attended numerous meetings around the world in this capacity. Since 2005 Ambassador Tanin has worked with LISD’s working group on Afghanistan and attended many Liechtenstein Colloquia. Ambassador Tanin’s statements, addresses and articles from December 2006 through September 2009 are published in his book, “Afghanistan on the World Stage.” Before his appointment as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Tanin worked for eleven years with the BBC World Series. Before joining the BBC, Ambassador Tanin was a research fellow in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) of the University of London for two years (from 1994 to 1995).