Current Speaker - United Nations Lecture Series
Ambassador / Permanent Observer of the United Nations, New York
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 4 p.m.
Henry Student Center (Miller Room)
Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1966, is the Permanent Observer of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) (formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference) to the United Nations, since April 2010. He served as a Political Adviser to the OIC Secretary General from 2005 to 2010 at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah. Previous to that, he was posted at the Turkish Embassies in Riyadh, Muscat and Damascus and at the European and Middle East Departments of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara.
At the OIC General Secretariat, he played an active role in initiatives to increase technical capacity at the Departments of the General Secretariat and to promote engagement with international partners in the fields of mediation, conflict resolution, socio-economic development, human rights and good governance. He was active in the establishment of the partnership of the OIC with the Alliance of Civilizations Secretariat and within the interfaith dialogue activities.
Currently, besides representing the OIC at the UN, he acts as the OIC focal point with the US State Department in the framework of the OIC-US engagement. He is a strong advocate of the promotion of the role of women in governance, development, peace making and science and technology. He promotes the OIC’s interactions with the UN agencies and civil society in raising awareness and forging partnerships in areas of religious peacemaking and promotion of tolerance and respect.
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