MomenTO: Canadian Innovation in International Service featuring Stephen Lewis and Professor John English
Monday, October 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m. | Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West)
FREE – Please RSVP online
PLEASE NOTE: This lecture will have ASL interpretation
Sixty years ago, Lester B. Pearson became the first Canadian to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, for his contributions to ending the 1952 Suez Crisis as Canada’s foreign affairs minister and the President of the United Nations General Assembly. The Toronto-born Pearson won support for sending a United Nations Emergency Force to the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, the first armed, large-scale peacekeeping force. His achievements established peacekeeping as the centrepiece of Canadian international relations for decades to come.
A generation later, Stephen Lewis came to represent Canada’s international leadership at the United Nations. Appointed Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations in 1984, he later served as Deputy Director of UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the United Nations special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa. He was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal by the United Nations Association in Canada in 2001 and invested into the Order of Canada the following year.
Join Heritage Toronto and the City of Toronto for a conversation between Stephen Lewis and Professor John English, historian and official biographer of Lester Pearson, about the significance of Pearson’s Nobel Prize, and the innovative contributions that Canadians have continued to make in international service.