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First symposium of UN University-Cornell Africa Series to be held at UN

NEW YORK, N.Y. Cornell University and the United Nations University (UNU) will explore causes, effects and potential solutions for the health, governance and security of the African continent when it inaugurates the UNU-Cornell Africa Series of moderated symposia on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The series is free and open to the public.

The focus of the Nov. 13 inaugural symposium will be Africas food system and its interactions with health and nutrition. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Penthouse at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Jean-Marc Coicaud, director of the UNU office in New York, will open the symposium. Cornell President David J. Skorton will deliver the keynote address. Two Cornell faculty Per Pinstrup-Andersen, the H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy; and Patrick Stover, director of the UNU Food and Nutrition Program and director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences will provide introductory comments.

Throughout the day, experts from around the globe will participate in moderated discussions about the African food system, agricultural development, pest management, zoonotic diseases, and other challenges related to African food, health and nutrition. The schedule for the day-long event is posted at: Future topics in the UNU-Cornell series will include issues such as governance, agricultural development, security, and the socioeconomic impacts of HIV/AIDS.

The symposium is sponsored by the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell; the H.E. Babcock Chair at Cornell; Cornells Institute for African Development; the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development; the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell; the United Nations University; UNICEF; the Cornell University Lecturers Committee; the Einaudi Center for International Studies; and the Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs. For more information about the UNU-Cornell Africa Series, and announcements of the dates of future symposia, visit For more information about Cornells Institute for African Development, visit

WHAT: First symposium of UNU-Cornell Africa Series

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

WHERE: Dag Hammarskjold Library Penthouse at UN Headquarters, New York City

WHO: Free and open to the public

NOTE: Press and members of the public who wish to attend must pre-register at For questions about registration, call the UN University at 212-963-6387.


Contact: Joe Schwartz
Cornell University Communications

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