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Former German Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Gunter Pleuger, to speak at the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy

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Monday, 27th July 2009 (16:15)
The ICD is pleased to confirm that Dr. Gunter Pleuger, who served as Germany’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2002 to 2006, and is a former State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, will speak on the role of soft power in German Foreign Policy at the forthcoming International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.

During Dr. Pleuger’s time at the United Nations he represented Germany as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council (2003-2004). Whilst sitting on the UN Security Council in this period Dr. Pleuger gained public recognition as the representative of Germany’s position against the planned invasion of Iraq by the United States. He took an active role in the debate on comprehensive reform of the UN and led a diplomatic effort for a permanent seat for Germany on the Security Council.

Dr. Pleuger entered the German Foreign Service in 1969 after studying law and politics in Cologne, Bonn, and Paris. He held numerous positions in his career with the German Foreign Office, notably Head of UN-Subdivision and Coordinator for Human Rights Enquiries (1993-1995), Head of the Division for UN, Human Rights, Human Aid and Global Problems (1995-1998), Political Director, Head of the Political Division of the Federal Office and the Foreign Minister’s advisor on all operative issues (1998-1999), State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister (1999-2002).

A strong proponent of multilateral approaches to foreign policy, Dr. Pleuger will talk to the Symposium participants about the soft power approaches in German foreign policy, following which he will field questions from the audience.