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UN Across AmericaThe Humpty Dumpty Institute Brings U.N. Ambassadors to Austin, Texas to take part in a Special Public Diplomacy Event in Celebration of the United Nation's 60th Anniversary

July, 2005

Executive Summary

Diplomats from the United Arab Emirates, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda traveled to Austin, Texas to attend a roundtable hosted by Mayor Will Wynn on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at Austin City Hall. The diplomats joined Austin's hi-tech business leaders and civil society representatives for a discussion on "How Do We Promote Access To and Expansion of Information and Communication Technologies and Related Technologies to Improve the Education, Health and Welfare of the World's Population?" The event was part of a two-day conference that celebrated the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. The discussion, led by Timothy Finton, Senior Counselor for International Communication and Information Policy at the U.S. State Department, focused on the need to build communications technology infrastructures in all countries to nurture environments for entrepreneurial fulfillment and to bridge the digital divide. Austin was selected to host this week's United Nations anniversary events because of its well-established status as a technology leader with far-reaching global ties.

The two-day conference, organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the International Center of Austin and the City of Austin also served as an opportunity for international diplomats, government officials, Texas business executives and other opinion leaders to get together and discuss United Nations reform - a timely topic as leaders across the world prepare for the 60th United Nations General Assembly commencing in September 2005. The U.N. diplomats attended a breakfast at the University of Texas Club hosted by the International Center of Austin. Richard T. Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State gave a speech titled "The United Nations: Can It Stand as a Vital Force in International Politics?"

Other highlights of the two-day conference included a concert hosted by the U.S. Department of State featuring Cultural Ambassador Mary Wilson of The Supremes, joined by Pakistani musical guests Nauman Lasharie and Shumaila Hussain at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Schedule

Tuesday, July 19

12:00 pm - Welcome Lunch at La Vista Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Austin

2:00 - 4:00 pm - Policy Roundtable Discussion Chaired by Mayor of Austin Will Wynn at City Hall
Topic: "How Do We Promote Access To and Expansion of ICT and Related Technologies to Improve the Education, Health and Welfare of the World's Population?"

4:00 pm - Media Opportunity for Roundtable Participants and Event Hosts at Austin City Hall

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Reception & Musical Concert at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Hosted by the U.S. Department of State Featuring Cultural Ambassador Miss Mary Wilson of The Supremes, joined by Pakistani musical performers Nauman Lasharie and Shumaila Hussain.

9: 00 pm - BBQ Dinner with Cultural Ambassador Mary Wilson

Wednesday, July 20

8:00 am - Breakfast at the University of Texas Club Hosted by the International Center of Austin.
The program will include comments from Mr. Geoff Connor highlighting the leadership of the State of Texas in international policy and trade, together with keynote remarks from Deputy Assistant Secretary Terry Miller regarding United Nations reform.

10:00 am - Tour of the Texas State Capitol


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Participants List

UN Diplomats

H.E. Francis K. Butagira, Permanent Representative of Republic of Uganda to the United Nations

H.E. Atoki Ileka, Permanent Representative of Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations

Mr. Mohammed Al-Otaiba, Political Counsellor, Permanent Mission of United Arab Emirates to the United Nations

CANCELLED H.E. Crispin Grey-Johnson, Permanent Representative of Gambia to the United Nations

CANCELLED H.E. Aminu Bashir Wali, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations

CANCELLED H.E. Ismail Abraão Gaspar Martins, Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations

CANCELLED H.E. Teruneh Zenna, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations

Attendees at the Tuesday Pre-Round Table Lunch

Mr. Mohammed Al-Otaiba - United Arab Emirates

Mr. Francis K. Butagira - Uganda

Mr. Atoki Ieka - Democratic Republic of Congo

Mr. Bill Rigler - HDI

Ms. Caroline Gosselin - HDI

Mr. Joe Merante (US/UN)

Mr. Shakeel Ahmad (US/UN)

Attendees at Tuesday Private Dinner With Mary Wilson

Mr. Mohammed Al-Otaiba - United Arab Emirates

Mr. Francis K. Butagira - Uganda

Mr. Atoki Ieka - Democratic Republic of Congo

Mr. Bill Rigler - HDI

Ms. Caroline Gosselin - HDI

Mr. Joe Merante (US/UN)

Ms. Millie Meyers (US/UN)

Mr. Shakeel Ahmad (US/UN)

Shumaila Hussain (US/UN)

Nauman Lasharie (US/UN)

Terry Miller - Deputy Assistant Secretary

Ms. Mary Wilson - State Dept. Cultural Amb.

Ms. Susan Moore - Moore Consultants

Mr. Yousif Ghafari

Mr. Frank Flauto, Mayor's International Program Manager

Mr. Geof Connor

Mr. Sada Cumber - PENDING

Lisa Lucero - ExxonMobil

Sara Tays - ExxonMobil

Attendees for the Tour to the State Capitol

Mr. Mohammed Al-Otaiba - United Arab Emirates

Mr. Francis K. Butagira - Uganda

Mr. Atoki Ieka - Democratic Republic of Congo

Mr. Crispin Grey-Johnson - Gambia

Mr. Bill Rigler - HDI

Ms. Caroline Gosselin - HDI

Mr. Joe Merante (US/UN)

Ms. Millie Meyers (US/UN)

Mr. Shakeel Ahmad (US/UN)

Ms. Shumaila Hussain (US/UN)

Ms. Nauman Lasharie (US/UN)

Ms. Mary Wilson

Ms. Susan Moore

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