May 2014


French Priorities at the United Nations with Gérard Araud


France was one of the founding members of the UN in 1945, and as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, France continues to play an active and vital role in all the diverse mandates and projects of the UN, from peacebuilding and security to human rights to environmental change to economic development and the promotion of health worldwide.

Please join the French-American Foundation as we welcome Ambassador Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, to discuss French priorities at the United Nations. Araud will address efforts to allow UN Security Council action regarding the crisis in Syria, as well as French and UN initiatives to allow stabilization in the Central African Republic and in Mali. He will also present the recent French initiative to limit the use of the right to veto at the UN Security Council in the event of mass crimes, as well as the importance of climate issues leading up to the UN Conference on Climate, which will take place in Paris in 2015.

Free to Foundation Members // Non-Member Admission: $20
Space is limited for this luncheon, and a reservation is required. Members register here, and non-members purchase tickets here. For further information or for Foundation members to RSVP, please contact Megan Gleason at 212.829.8803 or [email protected].

Air France

This event is made possible with the support of Air France, exclusive official airline of the French-American Foundation

Gérard Araud

Building on a longstanding career in the French foreign service, Gérard Araud assumed his role as Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in September 2009.

Previously, Araud served as French Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Director General for Political Affairs and Security from 2006 to 2009; Ambassador of France to Israel from 2003 to 2006; Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2003; Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the North Atlantic Council (NATO) from 1995 to 2000; Diplomatic Advisor, Office of the Minister of Defense from1993 to 1995; Head of Bureau for European Community Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Directorate of Economic and Financial Affairs) from 1991 to 1993; Second Counselor, Embassy of France in the United States, from 1987 to 1991; Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1987; and First Secretary, Embassy of France in Israel, Tel Aviv from 1982 to 1984.

Araud was honored as an Ambassadeur de France on January 4, 2012, and was decorated as a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur on April 9, 2004. He holds degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Class of 1982).


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