Lloyd Axworthy & Madeleine Albright Visit Campus
This fall, the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance welcomed Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Lloyd Axworthy and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Axworthy Celebrates United Nations Anniversary
In October, Lloyd Axworthy attended a private reception with students, alumni and friends of the university followed by a public lecture in the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center. His presentation coincided with international celebrations of U.N. Day and the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. Axworthy, president and vice chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, is internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept. In particular, he is noted for his work as Canadian foreign minister on the Ottawa Treaty — a landmark global treaty that bans antipersonnel land mines.
Albright Dialogues with Green
In November, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright participated in a dialogue with Kozmetsky Chair and former Mexican Secretary of State Rosario Green in the Recreation and Convocation Center. Their friendship developed during the time they worked together at the United Nations — Green served as assistant secretary general of the United Nations and cabinet member to U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali while Albright was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Both Albright and Green also earned the distinction of being the first women to serve as secretary of state for their respective countries. Albright served the United States in 1997–2001 and Green served Mexico in 1998–2000.
Kozmetsky Center Advances Global Finance & Social Justice
The Kozmetsky Center was established in 2002 through a $3 million gift from well-known Austin philanthropists Ronya Kozmetsky and her late husband, George. Green, a noted authority on Mexican and Latin American foreign debt, international politics, and the world economy, was appointed director in January. The center’s mission is to foster ethical and equitable relationships among countries of varying degrees of socioeconomic development, with particular emphasis on Mexico and Latin America.
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