United Nations Under-Secretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild to tackle global threats in Chautauqua lecture

This year, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the founding of which forever strengthened the bond between the nations of the world.


Fabrizio Hochschild, the under-secretary-general and special adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations, will be coordinating the commemoration of the U.N.’s diamond anniversary through reflections on the role of the U.N. in advancing international cooperation. 

He will discuss these reflections during his lecture, “How to Reinvigorate and Rejuvenate Global Cooperation to Tackle Global Threats,” at 10:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 25, on the CHQ Assembly Video Platform. The lecture is the second in the final week of the 2020 Chautauqua Lecture Series, “The Future We Want, The World We Need: Collective Action for Tomorrow’s Challenges” in partnership with the U.N. Foundation, honoring the U.N. and the work it has done. 

In Hochschild’s lecture, said Vice President and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education Matt Ewalt, he “will frame how the United Nations is using the 75th anniversary of the organization to look to the future — rather than the past — and engage the world in public dialogue on what must be our shared priorities to address global threats.”

Prior to his appointment as the under-secretary-general, Hochschild served as assistant secretary-general for strategic coordination in the executive office of the secretary-general from 2017 to 2019. He has also served as deputy special representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, U.N. resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator and resident representative of the U.N. Development Programme, director of the Field Personnel Division in the United Nations Department of Field Support, New York; and as chief of field operations and technical cooperation in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Since the beginning of his career in 1988, Hochschild has worked to promote coherence and peace-keeping among the member nations of the U.N., and has stood for issues across the spectrum, from global development to the protection of human rights.

Hochschild’s decades-long career with the U.N. gives him a wealth of experience and knowledge from which to draw, and provides to him a unique perspective for his lecture on Tuesday. 

This week, the Chautauqua Lecture Series has partnered with the U.N. to discuss the issues of tomorrow and what the world may look like in the coming years. Hochschild will speak on these issues and explain the necessity of interconnectedness between nations in order to continue to evolve and survive as a species. 

“Future generations will judge whether we seize the opportunities of this unprecedented moment,” Hochschild wrote in an article for Al Jazeera. “As we emerge from the current crisis, there needs to be a global, collective, responsibility to build back better, on a safer and more equitable technological foundation. The time to act is now.”

This program is made possible by Week Nine “Program Sponsor” Erie Insurance and the William and Julia Clinger Lectureship.

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