Kennedy Graham

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Kennedy Graham is a New Zealand Member of Parliament.


Dr. Graham holds degrees from the Universities of Auckland and Victoria (Wellington) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston). He has been awarded Fulbright, Fletcher, and McCarthy scholarships, and in 1995 was the Quartercentary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, UK. Dr. Graham has authored several books and published numerous articles on the subjects of global security and democracy.

Global Action for Disarmament

1990 - Secretary General, Parliamentarians Global Action for Disarmament, Development and World Reform, New York. A New Zealander, a former diplomat to the United Nations, Negotiator of the Rarotonga Treaty. Spoke on a tour of NZ arranged by the New Zealand Foundation For Peace Studies on "Global Action for Our Common Future: directions for Aotearoa/New Zealand." Brother of Minister of Justice Doug Graham.

International Leadership Academy

In 1999, United Nations University Rector Hans van Ginkel has announced the appointment of Dr. Kennedy Graham as Director of the UNU International Leadership Academy (UNU/ILA). Located in Amman, Jordan, the UNU/ILA aims to train potential leaders through direct interaction with present leaders and a series of seminars and group training activities related to pressing global issues. The post, which was advertized internationally in September 1998, drew more than 160 applicants. From a short-list of six top candidates, Rector van Ginkel appointed Dr. Graham, a New Zealand national. Dr. Graham takes over as UNU/ILA Director from Professor Hideo Sato, Special Adviser to the Rector, who acted as interim director and chair of the search committee during the candidate search.

Dr. Graham served from 1972 to 1988 in the New Zealand foreign service, specializing in foreign aid, UN, and disarmament issues. From 1989 to 1995 he was Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action, a New York-based worldwide network of legislators committed to transnational cooperation on global problems. He most recently served as Director of Planning and Coordination of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm.

Meeting the Cuban Ambassador

Wellington, 16th of May 2013. Invited by a group of representatives of the Green Party in Parliament, The Ambassador of Cuba, Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro, held a cordial and fruitful exchange with MPs Catherine Delahunty, David Clendon, Kennedy Graham and Steffan Browning that lasted around one and a half hours.

The meeting, which took place at the houses of Parliament, was an occasion to expound at length on the reality of Cuba, with the interest shown by the hosts on many different issues related to the country.

Addressed among others were issues of updating the Cuban economic model, organic agriculture, the results of the recent presentation of Cuba to the Universal Periodic Review mechanism (UPR) of the Human Rights Council, the composition and functioning of the Cuban Parliament and the electoral system, Cuba's cooperation with other countries, particularly in the Pacific, the U.S. blockade against Cuba, the case of the Cuban Five, Cuba's relations with Latin America and New Zealand, etc.

After the meeting the Cuban diplomat gave them notice of the 9th International Convention on the Environment and Development to be held between the 8th and 12th of July this year, and encouraged them to participate in the event.[1]