The Martin H:son Holmdahl Lecture – Human Rights in a Time of Global Insecurity
Time: 2.30 pm
Venue: Grand Auditorium, University Main Building
Ambassador Jan Eliasson, former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (2012-2016) discusses the connections between human rights, development, and security.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eva Åkesson introduces the event and Eliasson’s speech is followed by a discussion with Professor Peter Wallensteen. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Jan Eliasson is one of Sweden’s foremost diplomats and has a broad experience of international cooperation. In his position as UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson emphasized the connections between human rights and the work for development, peace, and security.
Mr. Eliasson was Foreign Minister of Sweden (2006), State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (1994-2000) Ambassador to the UN (1988-1992) and to the United States (2000-2005). He was president of the UN General Assembly 2005-06.
Ambassador Eliasson has had several international assignments as a mediator, notably in Sudan, Caucasus, and the Middle East. They are analyzed in the book The Go-Between from 2010. He is an Honorary Doctor of the University, has served as Visiting Professor of Uppsala University and has been a frequent lecturer, notably in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. Eliasson is chairing SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
This event is part of Uppsala University series of lectures on human rights, honoring the memory of its previous Vice-Chancellor, Professor Martin H:son Holmdahl (1923-2015) and in whose name the university created a prize to teachers and students active in this field.
The event will be held in English.