Winegard Visiting Lecture on International Development presents: Robert Fowler
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Robert Fowler, Canada's longest-serving ambassador to the United Nations who was held hostage for 130 days in 2008 by al-Qaeda's North African branch, will give a Winegard Visiting Lecture on International Development Canada
Hios talk, "Canada, the United Nations and Development — Time for a Little Modesty," is free and open to the University community and general public.
Fowler was foreign policy adviser to prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Brian Mulroney, and deputy minister of national defence.
As UN ambassador, he represented Canada on the UN Security Council and issued two groundbreaking reports on sanctions-busting in Angola that helped end the country’s 25-year-long civil war.
He served as ambassador to Italy and to three Rome-based UN food agencies, and was personal representative for Africa for prime ministers Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper.
After 38 years in public service, Fowler retired in 2006. In 2008 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as special envoy to Niger, which had then been threatened by an insurrection.
In late December, Fowler and a colleague were captured by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and held in the Sahara Desert for 130 days.
Fowler is now a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
The Winegard Visiting Lectureship in International Development was created in 2005 with an endowment from former University of Guelph president Bill Winegard and his family.
Rozanski Hall, Room 104
Tuesday, March 1