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Yale Center for the Study of Globalization Distinguished Visiting Fellow Named to Gordon Brown’s Cabinett


New Haven, Conn. — Mark Malloch Brown, the spring 2007 Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization (YCSG), has been appointed by the new Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown, to be the Minister for Africa, Asia and the United Nations. He has also been conferred with a lifetime peerage.

Lord Malloch Brown spent the spring of 2007 at the Center writing a book tentatively titled “The Unfinished Global Revolution,” which describes changing leadership in a globalized world where old models of organization no longer prevail. The book focuses on efforts to create a more effective partnership of governments and international organizations to manage world problems. The YCSG Visiting Fellowship provided him an opportunity to spend four months focusing on research and writing as well as interacting with the faculty and students of Yale University.

Prior to coming to Yale, Lord Malloch Brown served as UN Deputy Secretary-General from the spring of 2006 until January 2007. During his tenure there, he deputized for Secretary-General Kofi Annan across the full array of the UN’s global functions.

From 2005 he served as Chef de Cabinet to Kofi Annan and was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from 1999 to 2005. At the UNDP, the UN’s global development organization, he oversaw a comprehensive change in the management process that was widely recognized as making the UNDP more focused, efficient and effective across the 166 countries where it works and doubled its annual resources to over $4 billion. At the request of Secretary-General Annan, Lord Malloch Brown also led the UN system’s efforts to help support the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals — eight, time-bound development targets with the overarching goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015 — which were approved by world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit of September 2000.

Before his time at the UN, he had been Vice President for External Affairs at the World Bank, and before that he served in a number of humanitarian efforts, among them he was stationed in Thailand with UNHCR and was active with a range of human rights and refugee issues involving Cambodia, Africa and Central America.

Dedicated to examining the impact of our increasingly integrated world on individuals, communities and nations, the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization serves as a link between academia and the realm of public policy. The Center awards Visiting Fellowships for periods of a week, a semester or a year to distinguished individuals who influence policy-making and generate ideas for seizing globalization’s opportunities and overcoming its challenges.


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