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Former UN Ambassador to be Keynote Speaker at Union County Hispanic Heritage Event, October 2

Union County, NJ – The Union County Freeholder Board is proud to announce that former United Nations Ambassador from El Salvador, Mr. Carlos Garcia, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Hispanic Heritage Month event, “Sharing International Cultures.” This event will take place on Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sidney F. Lessner Building at Union County College located at 12 West Jersey Street in Elizabeth.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs as a part of the celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month.  “Sharing International Cultures” will be comprised of a lecture by Ambassador Garcia and a question and answer session.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to sponsor another culturally rich and informative event as part of Union County’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “We are honored to have Ambassador Garcia as a keynote speaker. I urge residents to join in what will surely be  a lively and interesting discussion.”

Before being appointed to the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations on July 1, 1996, Ambassador Garcia served at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, San Salvador
as Director of Multilateral Affairs, and Chief of the Caribbean Affairs.

As of June 2019, he has been appointed as President & CEO of The Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development (OPAD) at the United Nations, United States of America, Asia, and Latin America & the Caribbean. The Mission at OPAD is to mitigate the problems presented by poverty, promote positive climate change, and support international laws protecting humanitarian values across.

In August 2019, Ambassador Garcia was selected to be 2019 Grand Marshall of the Salvadoran Parade in New Jersey to be held on September 15, 2019 in New Jersey.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

For more information on all programs of the Office of Cultural and Heritage affairs, visit or contact John Prescott by email or phone 908-436-2912.


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