The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that today 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, of which over 22 million are refugees who have fled across borders to escape persecution and conflict. This unprecedented level of forced displacement is one of the defining challenges of our time requiring a global response. Ambassador Storellawill discuss the nature of the current crisis and the roles governments, international organizations, and civil society organizations play.
Ambassador Mark Storella joined the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in June 2016 with responsibility for admission of refugees to the United States and refugee programming in the Near East and Asia regions. Previously, Ambassador Storella served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Brussels where he was deeply involved in counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts. He has also served as the Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Baghdad from 2009-2010 and served as Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs and engaged with over 50 UN agencies as Deputy Permanent Representative at the U.S. Mission in Geneva from 2006-2009. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has written on multilateral arms control and humanitarian action in conflict situations.
When: Friday, September 8, 2017 1:30pm –3:00pm 341 Eggers Hall
From 12-1pm there is also a scheduled Career Talk featuring Ambassador Storella, to discuss experiences, tips and insights.
Where: Eggers 352