The United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut and the United Nations Association of Connecticut will host a free presentation on "Syria, the Arab Spring and the U.N. Role" Wednesday, Oct. 24. The event, to commemorate United Nations Day, will be from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

The guest of honor and featured speaker will be Minh-Thu Pham, director of public policy for the United Nations Foundation, according to a release.

Previously, she was chief of staff for the U.N. secretary-general's special envoy for malaria, and before that, as policy adviser in the executive office of the secretary-general under both Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon. She also served in Bosnia-Herzegovina, helping to implement the Dayton Peace Accord, and worked on refugee issues in Africa with the U.N. and several humanitarian and advocacy organizations.

She has a master of public administration degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families.

The event is free.