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Die Vereinten Nationen: Entwurf und Wirklichkeit

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Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations, New York
Chairman, ESI - European Stability Initiative, Istanbul
President, IPI - International Peace Institute, New York
Secretary General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Kathmandu
Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

Mona JUUL

Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations, New York

 She has studied at the London School of Economics and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo.
 Ambassador Mona Juul took up her appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in New York in January 2005. In 2007 she was the first woman to chair the 1st Committee of the 61st session of the United Nation General Assembly. Prior to her work for the Norwegian UN mission Juul was Ambassador to Israel and Cyprus, Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway and Special Advisor and Middle East Coordinator to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairing the AHLC (Ad Hoc Liassion Committee on Assistance to the Palestinians). She was part of the Norwegian team that facilitated the negotiations between Israel and PLO leading to the Oslo-agreement.

Gerald KNAUS

Chairman, ESI - European Stability Initiative, Istanbul

 Gerald Knaus is the founder of the European Stability Initiative (ESI), a Berlin-based think tank (www.esiweb.org) working on South-eastern Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus and the future of European enlargement. He studied in Oxford, Brussels and Bologna. He taught economics at the State University of Chernivtsi in Ukraine and worked for five years in Bulgaria and Bosnia for NGOs and international organizations. He was director of the Lessons Learned Unit of the EU Pillar of the UN Mission in Kosovo (from 2001 to 2004). He co-authored more than 60 ESI reports as well as many scripts for TV documentaries on South East Europe (www.returntoeurope.eu). Gerald Knaus has been based in Istanbul since 2004. He is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and associate fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School where he also spent one year as a visiting fellow lecturing on state building and intervention.

Terje ROD-LARSEN

President, IPI - International Peace Institute, New York

 Terje Rød-Larsen has been President of the International Peace Institute since January 2005. He serves concurrently as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559 (2004). He began his career as an academic, teaching sociology, political science, and philosophy at the Universities of Bergen and Oslo, before establishing the Fafo Institute for Applied Sciences in Oslo in 1981. As Director of Fafo, he initiated a research project into the living conditions of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which led to a request by the PLO in 1992 that he help establish a secret channel for negotiations between the PLO and the Government of Israel. The subsequent talks between Israelis and Palestinians concluded with the Oslo Accords and the signing of the Declaration of Principles at the White House on September 13, 1993.
 In 1993, he was appointed Ambassador and Special Adviser for the Middle East Peace process to the Norwegian Foreign Minister. In mid-1994, he was appointed United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories at the rank of Under-Secretary-General. In 1996, he became Norwegian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Planning and Cooperation, before re-joining the United Nations. From 1999 to December 2004, he served as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, holding the rank of Under-Secretary-General

H. E. Dr. Sheel Kant SHARMA

Secretary General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Kathmandu

Master of Science, Nuclear Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai Ph.D., High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai Joined Indian Foreign Service Served as Third Secretary/Second Secretary in Kuwait/Saudi Arabia Under Secretary, Middle East desk, Ministry of External Affairs, covering at various stages countries from Iran, Iraq to North Africa Fellow, Institute of Defence Studies & Analysis (IDSA), N. Delhi Deputy Secretary (North), Ministry of External Affairs, dealing with Nepal and Bhutan First Secretary (Disarmament), Permanent Mission of India, Geneva Counsellor, Embassy of India, Algiers Director (United Nations Division) and Disarmament Head, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi Joint Secretary (South & Disarmament), Ministry of External Affairs, dealing with ASEAN, Indo-China and South Pacific Deputation to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna in External Relations & Policy Coordination Division Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security Affairs) Covering all disarmament issues, bilateral security dialogues and Dialogues on nuclear non-proliferation, export controls and defence Cooperation, regional security forums such as ARF, CICA and other ad hoc groupings Additional Secretary (International Organisations), Ministry of External Affairs with previous charge expanded to include international organisations Ambassador of India to Austria and Permanent Representative of India to International Organisations in Vienna
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Dr. Thomas MAYR-HARTING

Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, EEAS - European External Action Service, Brussels

Diploma, Law Studies in Vienna Postgraduate-Studies, College of Europe, Bruges Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague Joined the Austrian Diplomatic Service Austrian Mission to the European Communities, Brussels Austrian Embassy, Moscow Private Office of the Austrian Foreign Minister, Vienna Deputy Head of Cabinet of Foreign Ministers Mock and Schüssel, Vienna Deputy Political Director and Director for Security Policy and Policy Planning, Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna Ambassador of Austria to Belgium and Head of the Austrian Mission to NATO, Brussels Special Representative of the Austrian Foreign Minister for the Western Balkans Representative of the Chancellor in the Reform Commission of the Federal Army, Vienna Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Vienna Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations, New York Also represented Austria on the United Nations Security Council, New York Vice-President of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, New York Ambassador, (Head of the Delegation) of the European Union to the United Nations, New York
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 Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges and Natolin
 Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

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