Sixty-Fourth Annual Spring Dinner and Plenary

US-UN Relations in the Administration of President Obama

Mr. Joe Sills, Retired United Nations Official


United Nations Association Seminar
Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter

May 5, 2009
Belmont United Methodist Church
Corner of 21st Ave. S. and Acklen
Nashville, TN
Cost: $25.00

The program includes dinner, the annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers and the Board, and the guest speaker, Mr. Joe Sills.

Joe Sills retired from the United Nations Secretariat at the end of 1998 following a 17-year career with the world organization. During his tenure at the UN, Mr. Sills was press spokesman for Secretaries-General Perez de Cuellar and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and he served as Director of the UN’s Washington Office.

Mr. Sills has remained active in UN-related matters, serving as a consultant for the UN Compensation Commission (a subsidiary body of the Security Council, established to process claims and pay compensation for losses resulting from Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait), the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, the American Council for the United Nations University, the International Labour Organization, and the United Nations Foundation.

He co-chaired the task force of the Corporate Council on Africa on HIV/AIDS in southern Africa and is a member of the Board of the US Council for the United Nations Population Fund.

Prior to joining the United Nations secretariat in 1981, Mr. Sills served for eight years as Vice President of the national office of the United Nations Association of the USA (New York).

He received his BA degree from Vanderbilt University and his MA degree in Arab Area Studies from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Upon his retirement, he returned to his hometown of Nashville, where he now serves as a member of the UNA-Nashville Board.

Mr. Sills has published broadly. His most recent book, which is co-edited with Yael Danieli and Danny Brom, is The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care:  An International Handbook (Haworth Press, 2005).