Timothy E. Wirth
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Timothy Wirth is the president of the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund. These organizations were founded in 1998 through a major financial commitment from Ted Turner to support and strengthen the work of the United Nations.

Wirth began his political career as a White House fellow under President Lyndon Johnson and was deputy assistant secretary for education in the Nixon Administration. In 1975, Wirth returned to his home state and successfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Coloradoís Second Congressional District from 1975 to 1987. In the House he concentrated his efforts in the areas of communications technology and budget policy. In 1987, Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate where he focused on environmental issues, especially global climate change and population stabilization. After a successful term, Wirth chose not to run for re-election.

Following those two decades of electoral politics, Wirth served in the U.S. Department of State as the first undersecretary for global affairs from 1993 to 1997. In this position he coordinated U.S. foreign policy in the areas of refugees, population, environment, science, human rights, and narcotics.

As president of the U.N. Foundation since its inception, Wirth has organized and led the formulation of the foundationís mission and program priorities. They include the environment, women and population, childrenís health, peace, security, and human rights. The foundation also engages in extensive public advocacy, resource mobilization, and institutional strengthening efforts on behalf of the U.N.

Prior to entering politics, Wirth was in private business in Colorado. He is a graduate of Harvard and holds a PhD from Stanford University. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, he also served as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Wirth is married to Wren Wirth, the president of the Winslow Foundation, and they have two children.