Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OU-C Distinguished Alumnus Julia Lyddon Gourley to speak on U.S. concerns in the Arctic region

Ohio University-Chillicothe alumnus Julia Lyddon Gourley will speak on “Why Should the United States Care about the Arctic?” at noon on May 1 in the campus’ Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The talk is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are requested by calling 774-7732.

Gourley earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Ohio University in 1984, and she has since embarked on a distinguished career on the national and international levels and has held positions with the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Her main responsibilities include leading development of U.S. foreign policy in the Arctic region and representing the United States on the Arctic Council.

She is currently the Senior Arctic Official (SAO) of the United States and the U.S. representative to the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of the eight Arctic countries.  In addition to the eight countries, six Arctic indigenous people’s organizations sit at the table and provide advice on all issues.

In a previous position, she led U.S. delegations in meetings of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, and the Waste Management Policy Group of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She was also the State Department representative on the U.S. delegation to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

Gourley was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Chillicothe Campus in 2011.

The lunch is sponsored by OU-C and the Ohio University Alumni Association.

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