Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief & IPS Regional Director – North AmericaThalif Deen, U.N. Bureau Chief and Regional Director, Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, has been covering the United Nations since the late 1970s.
A former deputy news editor of the Sri Lanka Daily News, he was also a senior editorial writer on the Hong Kong Standard.He has been runner-up, and cited twice for “excellence in U.N. reporting”, at the annual awards presentation of the U.N. Correspondents’ Association.
A former Information Officer at the U.N. Secretariat, and a one-time member of the Sri Lanka delegation to the U.N. General Assembly sessions, he is currently editor in chief of the IPS UN Journal Terra Viva. Since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, he has covered virtually every single major UN conference on population, human rights, environment, social development, globalization and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
A former Middle East military editor at Jane’s Information Group in the U.S, he is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar with a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University, New York.
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