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UN Across AmericaThe Humpty Dumpty Institute Brings Delegation of Latin American U.N. Ambassadors to Phoenix, AZ

November, 2005

A delegation of Latin American Ambassadors to the U.N. traveled to Phoenix, Arizona on November 16, 2005 to take part in a two-day public diplomacy program organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute and co-sponsored by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Countries represented included Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Suriname.

The program served as an opportunity to increase diplomats' exposure to the culture and issues of different U.S. cities. Over the course of two days, the group met with the Governor of Arizona and the Mayor of Phoenix, the local business community, university officials and newspaper editors to discuss topics ranging from United Nations Reform, Human Rights, Border Security, Regional Cooperation and Economic Development.

Executive Summary

A delegation of Latin American Ambassadors to the U.N. traveled to Phoenix, Arizona on November 16, 2005 to take part in a two-day public diplomacy program organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute and co-sponsored by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Countries represented included Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Suriname.

The program served as an opportunity to increase diplomats' exposure to the culture and issues of different U.S. cities. Over the course of two days, the group met with the Governor of Arizona and the Mayor of Phoenix, the local business community, university officials and newspaper editors to discuss topics ranging from United Nations Reform, Human Rights, Border Security, Regional Cooperation and Economic Development.

With November being Native American History Month, the two-day event began with a meeting with the tribal leaders of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, where the U.N. diplomats were exposed to local American Indian history and culture, as well as learning about tribal-federal relations and the importance of indigenous economic development.

The delegation attended a luncheon hosted by the Arizona-Mexico Commission, a public/private, results-oriented, non-profit organization chaired by the Governor of Arizona that formulates programs and action items that impact the Arizona-Mexico relationship. The topic for discussion was "Border Security, Economic Development, and Regional Cooperation."

Later that afternoon, the delegation met with Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who welcomed the delegation to Arizona. The meeting served to highlight the importance of engaging neighbors and achieving regional cooperation.

In honor of the delegation, Jane Dee Hull, former Arizona Governor and Public Delegate to the 59th U.N. General Assembly hosted a dinner at the historic Biltmore hotel. Discussion at the dinner, co-sponsored by members of Arizona's business community, centered on U.N. reform and the U.N.'s PR image throughout the United States. Arizonan leaders explained that there is a lack of information about what the work of the U.N. and noted that trips such as these help to give exposure and perspective on U.N. issues to places where that dialogue is lacking.

The Office of Pan American Initiatives at Arizona State University (ASU), the nation's fourth largest university, hosted a Town Hall Meeting to provide the ASU community the opportunity to engage in a multilateral, interactive dialogue with the United Nations ambassadors representing countries throughout Latin America. The Town Hall Meeting, which focused on "Latin American Perspectives on the United Nations" was open to the public and included in depth discussion of these countries' views on U.N. reform. The delegation was also given an overview of the University's new Global Engagement Initiative and given a tour of ASU's Tempe campus. Among the sites visited was the Decision Theater.

Mayor Phil Gordon greeted the delegation at Phoenix City Hall. The Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department gave the delegation an overview of economic development and international priorities for the City of Phoenix. The Mayor's staff discussed the factors that have transformed Arizona into the second fastest growing state in the United States and what the city is doing to reach out and build ties with Central and South America.

Other highlights of the two-day program included participating in a true American pastime -- watching a live NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz at the America West Arena in downtown Phoenix.

Schedule

Thursday, November 17

9:30 am - Tour of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community & Visit with Tribal Elders

12 pm Luncheon hosted by Arizona-Mexico Commission
"Border Security, Economic Development, and Regional Cooperation"
Participants: 50-70 local and international business representatives
Location: Wyndham Phoenix, 50 East Adams Street
Opening Remarks - Marco A. Lopez, Executive Director
Remarks - Dennis Burke, Governor Napolitano's Chief of Staff
Introduction of U.N. Delegation - Ralph Cwerman, President HDI
Remarks - Ambassador Eduardo J. Sevilla Somoza, Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the UN
Q & A Session

2:30 pm - Meeting with Governor Janet Napolitano
Location: 1700 West Washington St., 9th floor, Protocol Room

2:45 pm - Tour of State Capitol
Location: 1700 West Washington Street

7 pm - Dinner with Jane Hull, former Arizona Governor and Public Delegate to the 59th U.N. General Assembly
Location: Terrace Room, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, 2400 East Missouri Road

Friday, November 18

8:15 am - Welcome Breakfast at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
Location: ASUF President's Conference Room
Welcome to ASU and introductions
Presentation of ASU
General discussion

9 am - Tour of ASU Decision Theater
Location: 21 E. 6th Street, Suite 126A, Tempe AZ 85281

10 am - Town Hall: "Latin American Perspectives of the United Nations"
Location: Memorial Union, Ventana 226A
Moderator: Orde Kittrie, Associate Professor, ASU College of Law
Participants: approx. 80 students, faculty and ASU officials

11:30 am - Luncheon with ASU officials at House of Tricks Restaurant
Location: 114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

2 pm - Meeting with Mayor Phil Gordon
Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department
"Overview of Economic Development and International Priorities for the City of Phoenix"
Location: Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., 20th Floor

7 pm - Basketball Game: Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz
U.S. Airways Arena, City of Phoenix Suite


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Participants List

UN Diplomats

H.E. Jorge Skinner-Kleé Arenales, Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the UN

H.E. Ewald Wensley Limon, Permanent Representative of Suriname to the UN

Mr. Ignacio Llanos, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Chile to the UN

H.E. Ernesto Aranibar Quiroga, Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the UN

H.E. Eduardo J. Sevilla Somoza, Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the UN

United States Mission to the United Nations

Miriam Hughes, Deputy U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council

Joseph Merante, Deputy Director of Communications

Jay Snyder, President's Commission on Public Diplomacy and former Public Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly

The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Ralph L. Cwerman, President

Bill Rigler, Executive Director

Caroline Gosselin, Program Manager

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