The Republics of the Soviet Union and their Continuing Environmental Challenges

Mary Pat Williams Silveira


United Nations Association Seminar
Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter

January 21, 2010
Green Hills Public Library
3701 Benthan Ave.
Nashville, TN

Mary Pat Williams Silveira retired from the United Nations at the end of 2006 and is currently working as a consultant on issues related to sustainable development, public policy and international organizations. Ms. Silveira joined the United Nations in 1977. Over the course of her 30-year career, she worked on a range of international policy issues, from science and technology for development to sustainable development, and from humanitarian assistance to peace building. About half of her career was spent abroad, serving as coordinator of the emergency response in Mozambique in the mid-1980s and as Acting Administrator of Mitrovica, Kosovo in 1999 and 2000. From Kosovo she moved to UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from where she led teams of experts on environmental performance in countries throughout the Balkans, Central Asia, Eastern and Central Europe. Ms. Silveira has published a number of books and articles on international relations, public policy and sustainable development. She volunteers on poverty- and human rights-related issues in the community and teaches at Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.