Unicef Director Tony Lake to deliver the 7th Annual Anita Houston Memorial Lecture
New Canaan Library and the UN Committee of New Canaan are pleased to announce that Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will deliver the 7th annual Anita Houston Memorial Lecture. Mr. Lake will speak on “The United Nations and Children: Investing in the Next Generation.” The event will take place on Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room of the Library. Seating is limited and the Library does require registration for the event.
Anthony Lake, sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund since May 2010, contributes to the position more than 45 years of public service. He began his career in the US State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 1962, going on to work with global leaders and policy makers throughout his extensive career. Anthony Lake served as senior foreign policy advisor to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2007-2008, as well as to the Clinton presidential campaign of 1991-1992. He has managed a full range of foreign policy, national security, humanitarian and development issues at the most senior levels.
Upon leaving the government, he served as the United States President’s Special Envoy, first in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and later in Haiti. His efforts, for which he received the 2000 Samuel Nelson Drew Award, contributed to the achievement of the Algiers Agreement that ended the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He also played a leading role in shaping policies that led to peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Northern Ireland.
His experience in international development began in the 1970s, as Director of International Voluntary Services, and in the same decade served on the boards of Save the Children (1975–1977) and the Overseas Development Council. From 1998 to 2007 he served on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, with a term as Chair from 2004 to 2007, after which he was appointed a permanent honorary member.
Immediately prior to his appointment with UNICEF, Anthony Lake served as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, among other university boards and councils. He obtained a B.A. degree from Harvard in 1961, read international economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1974.
Anita Houston served the United Nations over a 50-year period as New Canaan's "ambassador to the world", providing hospitality for hundreds of UN delegates. Mrs. Houston was honorary chair and member of the local UN Committee, as well as head of the UN Study Group of New Canaan.
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