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“Women after all are half the human race and we know that countries that exclude or prohibit women from achieving their potential are never going to thrive and prosper.”

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Ms. Gillian Sorensen worked for the United Nations Foundation from 2003 to 2013 as Senior Adviser and National Advocate on matters related to the United Nations and the UN-USA relationship.

She served in the United Nations as Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations, from 1997 to 2003, on appointment by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. From 1993 to 1996, Ms Sorensen served as Special Adviser for Public Policy on appointment by Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali; her duties included directing the UN’s global 50th Anniversary observances in 1995.

She earlier served as New York City Commissioner for the United Nations and Consular Corps, head of the city’s liaison with the world’s largest diplomatic community.

Ms. Sorensen is a graduate of Smith College and studied at the Sorbonne. She was a Teaching Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.