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U.S. Senate Confirms Law School and SIPA Professor Richard Gardner as U.S. Delegate to the U.N. General Assembly

By Abigail Beshkin

Richard Gardner

Ambassador Richard Gardner, professor of law and international organization at Columbia Law School, professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and Of Counsel to Morgan Lewis & Bockius, a global law firm, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a U.S. Alternate Representative to the 55th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.

He was sworn into office on December 12 by Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Appointed to the position by President Clinton, Gardner has been serving as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General assembly since September.

Gardner served as U.S. ambassador to Spain (1993-1997) and as U.S. ambassador to Italy (1977-1981). He also serves as a member of President Clinton's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. In 1999, he was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle. Most recently, he was one of the principal foreign policy advisers for Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign.

During his tenure as a U.S. representative, Ambassador Gardner has worked on a wide range of issues, particularly those related to U.N. peacekeeping, U.N. financial and management reform and the Middle East. He has addressed the U.N. General Assembly on several occasions. His speeches are available on the U.S. Mission to the U.N.'s web site, http://www.un.int/usa/.

As Holbrooke noted during the swearing-in ceremony, "Dick is one of the best in the business. He knows more about the U.N. system than all of us combined, and it's been an honor and a privilege to have him on our team."

Published: Dec 22, 2000
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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