The United Nations´ Role in a Multipolar World

Patrick Wittman, Director of the United Nations and Commonwealth Affairs Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), will give a talk on Thursday January 21st at lecture hall 132 at Askja on behalf of the Institute of International Affairs, the Canadian Embassy in Iceland and the English-Speaking Union of Iceland. Wittman will discuss the UN´s role in a multipolar world. Alan Bones, Canadian Ambassador to Iceland, will moderate the meeting.

In August 2006, Patrick Wittmann was appointed Director, UN and Commonwealth Affairs Division, at DFAIT. In this role he is responsible for the coordination and management of Canada’s participation in UN bodies and agencies and in the Commonwealth. In his previous assignment (2003-2006), Patrick was posted to the US where he served as the first Canadian Political Advisor to the Commander of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. An officer of DFAIT since 1995, Patrick has worked extensively on multilateral security policy issues. His other assignments were as Coordinator of the Department’s “Responsibility to Protect” unit (2002-2003) and as Deputy Director of DFAIT’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division (2001-2002). He also was Deputy Director of the United Nations Affairs division (1998-2000) where he managed Canada’s 1999-2000 membership of the UN Security Council. From 1995 to 1997 he worked in DFAIT’s Policy Branch on Foreign Policy outreach and consultation with non-government partners. From 1993 to 1995 Patrick was with the UN in Mozambique where he served as special assistant to the head of the UN Peacekeeping Operation in Mozambique. He also worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in that country. Patrick has had assignments with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

The seminar is held in English, and is open to all.