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U.N. Leader to Address IDHA Graduates at Fordham

Contact: Megan Dowd
(212) 636-6538

NEW YORK— U.N. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson will offer a glimpse of reforms in store for the world body when he addresses the graduating class of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs’ (IIHA) International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) program on Friday, July 1, at 10 a.m. in Pope Auditorium on the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University.

Eliasson, who was unanimously elected to this new post, served as a mediator with the U.N. mission during the Iran - Iraq war in the 1980s. His extensive diplomatic background includes humanitarian operations in Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique and the Balkans.

TIME:      10 A.M.
                113 W. 60TH STREET,
                NEW YORK, N.Y.  10023

The IIHA was created at Fordham in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, publish books and host symposia related to humanitarian aid issues. The IDHA program, a monthlong postgraduate diploma course, is a collaboration between Fordham and the Center for International Health and Cooperation (CIHC). The program, held in Geneva in March, at Fordham University in June and in Cairo, Egypt in September, simulates a humanitarian crisis, with lectures, workshops and the exchange of field experiences.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.


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