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Nicholas Dunlop Class of 1974

October 2005

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1956, Nicholas Dunlop was educated in Singapore, India and New Zealand. He was a Lizzie Rathbone Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, studying international relations, between 1975 and 1977. He was the top graduate in political science, and was awarded a National Senior Scholarship.

After working for several months on international population policy in the office of Congressman Paul N. McCloskey, Jr. in Washington, D.C., Dunlop became Secretary-General of the newly-established Parliamentarians for Global Action in June 1978.

From 1978 to 1988, based in New York, he worked to build Parliamentarians for Global Action into an international organization of 600 national legislators in 41 countries, concerned with issues of disarmament, environment, development and the strengthening of the UN. From 1981 to 1985, he also served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme on relations with national parliaments.

In 1983 and 1984, Dunlop coordinated the launching of the Six Nation Peace Initiative, which brought together the Presidents and Prime Ministers of Argentina, Greece, India, Mexico, Sweden and Tanzania in a group to act as a third voice between the superpowers on nuclear disarmament. From 1984 to 1988 he sat in the Planning Group of the Initiative, consisting of the senior foreign policy advisors to each leader, which met every two months to develop ideas for the six heads of government. In that capacity he was closely involved in a dialogue between the Six and the leaders of the nuclear powers on questions of disarmament and international verification.

In 1987 Dunlop was a co-recipient of the first Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Development and International Cooperation, which was awarded to Parliamentarians for Global Action. The Indira Gandhi Prize is presented by the President of India on behalf of an international jury.

From 1989 to 2002, Dunlop served as Executive Director of the EarthAction Network, which consists of over 2,000 citizen groups and several hundred members of parliament in more than 160 countries. EarthAction's purpose is to raise awareness and mobilize action among concerned citizens, editorial writers and members of parliament when critical decisions on issues of environment, development, peace and human rights are being made at the global level. Working with celebrities such as the actor Leonardo DiCaprio and the rock band Crosby, Stills and Nash, Dunlop has helped to increase public attention to major problems such as climate change and desertification.

He is now co-founder and Secretary-General of the e-Parliament, an initiative to link up democratic members of parliament and congress into a global problem-solving forum combining the internet with face-to-face meetings. Through an online Ideas Bank for legislators, and by creating networks of lawmakers who share common interests, the e-Parliament helps to spread and implement good policy ideas.

Nicholas Dunlop is a citizen of Ireland and New Zealand, and is based in England. He has two children.

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