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The president and CEO of the United Nations Association was in Springfield on Thursday afternoon to take part in Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Conference. KSMU’s Justin Lux was there to ask him a few questions.
After being involved in international organizations for more than 40 years and previously serving as the president of the UNA’s National Capitol Area, Edward Elmendorf was more than prepared for his March 17 appointment to the head of the UNA.
Before becoming involved with the United Nations Association, he completed a 30 year career at World Bank. After leaving World Bank, he turned his attention to teaching. At Johns Hopkins University, he taught at its School of Advanced International Studies and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Elmendorf comes to Springfield with a vision for the local chapter of the United Nations Association.
“My vision for the local Springfield United Nations Association is an increase in public dialogue and public discussion about the major issues in front of the United Nations. Also a more active involvement in public advocacy for effective United States support in the United Nations,” he says.
Elmendorf says he has been extremely pleased with the dialogue that has taken place during the pubic affairs conference. He is challenging people to think globally and beyond their own concerns.
For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.