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UN Across AmericaThe Humpty Dumpty Institute Showcases American Manufacturing at the International Auto Show in Detroit, MI

January, 2007

The Humpty Dumpty Institute took eight senior diplomats from the United Nations to Detroit, Michigan on January 10-11, 2007. The U.N. delegation included the Permanent Representatives of Iraq, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Also accompanying the group were the Charge' of Ukraine, the Minister of Japan, and the Counselor of South Korea.

The visit promoted dialogue on global issues between high-level U.N. diplomatic representatives and various segments of Detroit's community, including civic and business leaders, teachers, students, and the media. It also gave the diplomats a chance to see one of America's unique cities and allowed them to interact with the citizens of Detroit.


Executive Summary

The Humpty Dumpty Institute took eight senior diplomats from the United Nations to Detroit, Michigan on January 10-11, 2007. The U.N. delegation included the Permanent Representatives of Iraq, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Also accompanying the group were the Charge' of Ukraine, the Minister of Japan, and the Counselor of South Korea.

The visit promoted dialogue on global issues between high-level U.N. diplomatic representatives and various segments of Detroit's community, including civic and business leaders, teachers, students, and the media. It also gave the diplomats a chance to see one of America's unique cities and allowed them to interact with the citizens of Detroit.

The formal program began on Wednesday, January 10, with a breakfast meeting hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) where the ambassadors and HDI were introduced. This event provided an opportunity for the Ambassadors to network with senior executives of the U.S. automotive industry. Following the breakfast, the Ambassadors were given a VIP tour of the North American International Auto Show, one of the world's most prestigious and influential automotive events of the year. At the Auto Show, the participants were interviewed by the local CBS and NBC television affiliates. The segments ran on several news programs in the course of the two days in which we were in Detroit.

The U.N delegation was also able to get a taste of U.S. culture with a visit to the Detroit Motown Museum. The museum's exhibits, which include a collection of historical photographs, artwork, music, costumes and other memorabilia from the booming musical era, trace the roots of Motown's remarkable story and chronicle its impact on 20th century popular culture and musical styles. The tour director got the Bangladeshi, Ethiopian and Kenyan ambassadors up to do a little Motown pantomime…everyone had a great time. Later that evening the delegation attended a private dinner hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Yousif Ghafari, President and CEO of Ghafari Associates, L.L.C. Mr. Ghafari was a United States Public Delegate to the 59th United Nations General Assembly. At the dinner were leading business, academic and civic leaders.

On Thursday, January 11, the Detroit World Affairs Council hosted a Town Hall Meeting on the campus of Wayne State University (WSU). More than 100 students and faculty, including WSU President Irvin Reid, attended the event, which focused on "New Beginnings, New Hopes - With the Arrival of Secretary-General, U.N. Ambassadors Discuss What's Next for the U.N." The town hall format provided an opportunity for students and the public to speak directly with the visiting diplomats about the United Nations and issues relevant to the countries represented. Topics discussed included global warming, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), nuclear non-proliferation, U.N. reform, religious tolerance, as well as the current conflicts in Iraq and Somalia. On the margins of the event we were able to discuss the HDI U.N. University network Pilot program. Officials of Wayne state asked that HDI submit a formal proposal.

The delegation then attended a lunch hosted by Detroit World Affairs Council, where the Ambassadors were given an opportunity to interact informally with board members of the Detroit World Affairs Council, WSU's Board of Governors, the local consular corps and members of the media. The program ended with a short visit to the Detroit Historical Museum, where the Ambassadors were given a brief overview of Michigan's history.

During the course of the trip Bangladeshi Permanent Representative Chowdhury was notified that he was being called back to Dhaka to serve as Acting Foreign Minister and Khazaki Permanent Representative Kazykhanov was notified that he had been appointed deputy foreign Minister of Kazakhstan.

Schedule

Tuesday, January 9
7:40 pm - Depart New York LaGuardia Airport on Northwest Airlines Flight 527
* The airline advises passengers to arrive 1.5 hours prior to their flight
9:45 pm - Arrive Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Delegation will be met by Joseph Merante and Caroline Gosselin of HDI in the baggage claim area
10 pm - Transportation provided to the Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center
Location: 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI 48243

Wednesday, January 10

7 am - Meet in the hotel lobby for transportation (breakfast will be served at the morning meeting)
7:30 - 9 am - Breakfast Meeting with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2007 World Congress Industry Leadership Coalition
Hosted by Dr. David Amati and Senior Executives of the U.S. automotive industry
Location: The Detroit Club, 712 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
7:30 am - Breakfast buffet
7:45 am - Opening remarks - Dr. Amati
7:50 am - Introductions and opening remarks - Mr. Cwerman
8 am - Toyota Leadership Role - Mr. Ichihashi
8:10 am - SAE 2007 World Congress Report - Dr. Amati
8:25 am - Q/A - Dr. Amati
8:30 am - Concluding remarks - Dr. Amati
8:30 - 9 am - Networking with industry executives and U.N. delegation
9:10 - 9:20 am - Short walk, group will gather at the Joe Louis statue in the lobby of the COBO Center
9:30 - 10:45 am - VIP Tour of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
Location: COBO Center, One Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
12 - 1:30 pm - Luncheon Hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Location: Opus One Restaurant, 565 E. Larned, Detroit, MI 48226
2 - 3 pm - VIP Tour of the Detroit Motown Museum
Location: 2648 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208
3 - 6:45 pm - Downtime
6:45 pm - Meet in the hotel lobby for transportation
7 - 9 pm - Reception & Dinner Hosted by Yousif Ghafari, President and CEO of Ghafari Associates, L.LC.
Participants: Senior Executives of the U.S. automotive industry and Wayne State University officials
Location: Pontchartrain Room, Detroit Athletic Club, 241 Madison Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

Thursday, January 11
Please enjoy the buffet breakfast at your leisure at the River Café on the 3rd level (lobby level) using the breakfast voucher that will be provided to you by HDI staff. Please meet the group at 8:15 am with your luggage for transportation to the morning meeting.
8:15 am - Meet in the hotel lobby for transportation (please bring your luggage)
9:30 - 11:45 am - Town Hall Meeting Hosted by the Detroit Council on World Affairs
Topic: New Beginnings, New Hopes - With the Arrival of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, U.N. Ambassadors Discuss What's Next for the UN
Moderated by Jack Krasula, President, Trustinus, LLC
Location: Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, Law School, Wayne State University, 471 W. Palmer Street, Detroit, MI 48202
9:30 - 9:40 am Opening remarks and introduction of Mr. Krasula - Dr. Pearson
9:40 - 9:45 am Remarks and introduction of President Reid - Mr. Krasula
9:45 - 9:50 am Welcome remarks - President Reid, Wayne State University
9:50 - 9:55 am Introduction of HDI - Mr. Krasula
9:55 - 10 am Introductory remarks - Mr. Cwerman
10 - 10:05 am Introduction of Ambassadors - Mr. Krasula
10:05-11 am Ambassadors will each make introductory remarks (5 mins)
11 - 11:30 am Floor will open for Q & A - Mr. Krasula
11:30 - 11:40 am Close Q & A, final remarks from Ambassadors - Mr. Krasula
11:40 - 11:45 am Final remarks - Mr. Krasula
12 - 1:30 pm - Lunch Hosted by the Detroit Council on World Affairs Leadership
Participants: World Affairs Council Board Members, WSU Board of Governors, local consular corps and members of the media
Location: McGregor Building, 495 Ferry Hall, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202
1:45 - 2:30 pm VIP Tour of the Detroit Historical Museum
Location: 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
2:30 pm Transportation to Airport
4:59 pm Depart Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Northwest Airlines Flight 425, arrive New York LaGuardia Airport at 6:48 pm


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Participants List

UN Diplomats

H. E. Mr. Talib Hamid Al Bayati, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the U.N.

H.E. Mr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the U.N.

H.E. Mr. Yerzhan Kh. Kazykhanov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the U.N.

H.E. Mr. Viktor Kryzhanivskyi, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the U.N.

Ms. Mari Miyoshi, Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan to the U.N.

H.E. Mr. Z.D. Muburi-Muita, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the U.N.

Mr. Kyung-Hoon Sul, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the U.N.

H.E. Mr. Dawit Yohannes, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the U.N.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Richard Schaum, President

Raymond Morris, Executive Vice President

David Amati, Director, Global Automotive Business

Dave Porreca, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Business Development

Murli Iyer, Executive Advisor, Global Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President

Toyota Technical Center, U.S.A.

Yasuhiko Ichihashi, President (Event Chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2007 World Congress Industry Leadership Coalition Meeting)

David Baxter, Senior Executive Administrator

Bruce Brownlee, Senior Executive Administrator

Denise Freitag, Specialist, External Affairs

Ghafari Associates, L.L.C.

Yousif Ghafari, Founder and Chairman

Kouhaila Hammer, President and CEO

Mara Ghafari, Corporate Counsel

Mike Ryan, Vice President

Detroit Council for World Affairs (DCWA)

Jack Krasula, President, Trustinus, LLC (Moderator for the DCWA Town Hall Meeting)

Irvin D. Reid, President, Wayne State University

Dellashon Di Cresce, Project Manager

Guests of HDI

Gregory Ehrlich, President and CEO, The Ehrlich Group

William Hurd, Political Officer, United States Mission to the United Nations

The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Ralph Cwerman, President

Joseph Merante, Executive Director

Caroline Gosselin, Program Manager

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