Columbia University World Leaders Forum

President Lee C. Bollinger invites you to join him in welcoming global leaders to the 16th Annual World Leaders Forum.

Please note the following:

  • Online registration is required and seating is limited.
  • Please visit the World Leaders Forum website to view the most up-to-date schedule and to register to attend programs.
  • Registration is open to current students, faculty, and staff from Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College.
  • All events will be held in the Rotunda of Low Memorial Library unless otherwise noted.

*Additional World Leaders Forum programs are likely to be added as speaker participation is confirmed.  Please check the World Leaders Forum website regularly for event schedule updates.

Schedule of Events

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 @ 1:00 p.m.
Can the EU be True to its Values? First Vice-President of the European Commission H.E. Frans Timmermans
Online registration is required and is currently open. To register, click here.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 @ 10:00 a.m.
World Leaders Forum: Italy and the Broader Mediterranean: Responding to Challenges, Seizing Opportunities 

Online registration will open on Thursday, September 20th.

Lerner Hall Auditorium
These World Leaders Forum events are part of the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD). Please register to attend via the ICSD website, where student tickets are free. By registering, you may attend this session only, or the entire conference.

@ 9:15 a.m.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand

@ 10:15 a.m.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

@ 4:15 p.m.
President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 @ 1:30 p.m.
The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright: Global Challenges of Today – Commemorating V
áclav Havel
Online registration is required and is currently open. To register, click here.

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