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Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide


On 17 July 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Adama Dieng of Senegal as Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.


Mr. Dieng has served as Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda since 2001. He began his career as Registrar of the Regional and Labour Courts in Senegal, and served as Registrar of the Supreme Court of Senegal for six years. From 1982 to 2001, Mr. Dieng worked for the International Commission of Jurists, for the last ten years as the organisation’s Secretary-General. During this period he was appointed as Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Malawi in 1993, and as the United Nations Independent Expert for Haiti from 1995 to 2000.





Learn about commemorations and monuments in honor of Raoul Wallenberg in Montreal






6.30 pm - 8.30 pm, October 29th, 2014




Centre Mont-Royal, Room International II

2200 Rue Mansfield

Montréal, QC H3A 3R8







Cameron Hudson, Director of The Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Cameron Hudson is director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prior to that, he served as the Center’s policy director, overseeing initiatives on early warning and the responsibility to protect. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the chief of staff to the President’s Special Envoy for Sudan during the period of South Sudan’s separation from Sudan. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the director for African affairs on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House, where he led the interagency efforts to address the genocide in Darfur, elections-related violence in Kenya, counter-terrorism efforts in Somalia, and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Great Lakes region. Previously he served as an economist and intelligence analyst in the Africa Directorate at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has also worked for the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the International Organization on Migration in the former Yugoslavia. He has an undergraduate degree in foreign affairs, economics, and French from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree focused on development economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.



Irwin Cotler, Canadian Member of Parliament for Mont Royal


Irwin Cotler is the Member of Parliament for Mount Royal. He is a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (2003-2006) and is Professor of Law Emeritus at McGill University where he taught law for 30 years. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Prof. Cotler is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates. He currently serves as Liberal Advocate for Rights and Freedoms and is Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights and Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights.


Mr. Cotler helped established Canada’s Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative Day and has chaired the International Commission on the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg.


Moderator: Jean-Frédéric Légaré-Tremblay Independent journalist specialised in international affairs for Le Devoir and L’Actualité


Fellow of Action Canada and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., Légaré-Tremblay taught international relations at the post-graduate level at the University of Sherbrooke. He studied European institutions at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. His fields of expertise include Asia, the US, Canada, peace and security.


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Opening Statement: Per Sjögren, Ambassador of Sweden to Canada 


Per Sjögren is the Ambassador of Sweden to Canada since September 2014. In his previous position he was the Deputy Director-General and Head of Department for International Law and Human Rights at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm. From 2004-2010 he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. Between 1999 and 2004 he was the Director-General for Migration and Asylum policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Among his previous diplomatic assignments, Mr. Sjögren has served in Washington and at the Swedish Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.  He holds a Bachelor of Law degree specializing in International Law from Uppsala University, Sweden.      

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