UN - Congressional Event
U.N. Diplomats to D.C. – The State Department, the U.S. Congress,
and Mary Wilson of the Supremes
African Diplomats in Washington DC: February 21st – 22nd 2008
February 22, 2008
The Humpty Dumpty Institute conducted a special program for five U.N. diplomats February 21st – 22nd in Washington D.C. (see photos). Joining Humpty Dumpty on this program were Ambassador Felix Aniokoye, Chargé d’Affairs, Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Ambassador George Owuor, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, Reta Alemu Nega, Minister Counsellor Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations, Moses S. Walubita, Press Secretary Mission of Zambia to the United Nations, and Leopold Boukoungou, Second Counselor of Burkina Faso to the United Nations. On the first evening, the group was treated to the opening night performance of HDI’s Spokesperson Mary Wilson at the premiere jazz venue of Washington, D.C., Blues Alley . Other HDI guests at Miss Wilson’s performance included former Chair of the House International Relations Committee Congressman Benjamin Gilman and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Lindy Boggs.
On the morning of February 22, despite a fierce snowstorm, the group had a series of briefings at the U.S. Department of State Organized by the Sudan Program Office, the U.N. diplomats engaged in constructive dialogue with officials involved in every aspect of U.S. policy in Darfur and the Sudan. The group also pressed the briefers on other African related topics including the on-going violence in Kenya and the recent coup attempt in Chad. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield gave a superb overview of U.S. policy concerns on the African continent, and stated the desire of the United States to actively engage with African representatives in Washington, D.C. as well as the United Nations. Following the morning-long briefings, the group traveled to the U.S. Congress where they had a working lunch with fifteen senior House Staffers. The two hour working lunch allowed the Staffers to better understand the concerns of African policy makers and to explore possible areas of cooperation between the United States and several African countries.