HDI Brings Delegation of U.N. Ambassadors to Environmentally Themed Program in Miami, FL
The Humpty Dumpty Institute, in partnership with the United States Mission to the United Nations, took six senior U.N. diplomats (including four Permanent Representatives) to Miami March 4-6 under our "U.N Across America Program". The U.N. delegation included Permanent Representatives from Australia, Iraq, Kenya Republic of Burundi, as well as Deputy Permanent Representatives from Albania and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The delegation focused primarily on environmental issues and allowed the ambassadors to see an area of the country that most had not visited. The participants' agenda included a briefing and a tour of the Florida Everglades National Park, an academic event at the Florida International State University with a participation of over 150 students, an evening at the Miami Heat NBA game and a briefing by the County Miami/Dade on the municipal structure, trade, development, and civic institutions. The ambassadors were extremely pleased with the visit.
The Humpty Dumpty Institute, in partnership with the United States Mission to the United Nations, took six senior U.N. diplomats (including four Permanent Representatives) to Miami March 4-6 under our "U.N Across America Program" (participant list attached). In addition to allowing the ambassadors to see an area of the country that most had not visited the focus of the trip was environmental issues. The program began on Sunday afternoon with a VIP briefing and tour of the Florida Everglades National Park. The Director of the Park personally accompanied the group. The Australian ambassador was extremely impressed as he is the former Minister of the Environment of Australia. Monday morning continued the environmental theme with a visit to NOAA's Hurricane Detection Center. The delegation was able to closely view the high-tech detection capabilities of the world's leading hurricane center. The afternoon of Monday, March 5 found the ambassadors at an academic event hosted by the President of Florida International University. Over 150 students attended. The Iraqi ambassador, who attended a similar event, in Detroit, remarked that the caliber of the questions of the student body was extremely high.
The evening of Monday, March 5 was the cultural highlight of the trip. The NBA hosted the group at a Miami Heat/Atlanta Hawks basketball game. The evening began with the ambassadors having their photos taken on the floor of the arena with the Miami heat cheerleaders. The NBA then provided a superb dinner in a locker room, and ensured prime seats for the actual game; the ambassadors loved it.
On Tuesday, March 6, the day started with briefings by the County Miami/Dade on the municipal structure, trade, development, and civic institutions. The Kenyan ambassador decided to pursue the possibility of a trade office in Miami after these meetings. The trip ended with a lunch hosted by the American Jewish Committee. The audience of fifty was extremely informed and respectful. They gave a special welcome to the ambassador of Iraq who said he was pleased to try to improve Arab/Jewish relations.
In addition to the U.N. and US-U.N. participants, the delegation included a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy who acted as an HDI spokesman and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations of the U.S. Department of State, Gerald Anderson.
Sunday, March 4
6:30 am - Meet at New York LaGuardia Airport American Airlines Ticketing Booths
(Delegation will be met by Miriam Novik of the U.S. Mission to the U.N.)
7:40 am - Depart New York LaGuardia Airport on American Airlines Flight # 738
10:45 am - Arrive Miami International Airport (MIA)
(Delegation will be met by Joseph Merante and Capera Clement of HDI in the baggage area)
11 am - Transportation provided to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Location: 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(Amb. Hill of Australia and Amb. Muburi-Muita of Kenya will meet up with the rest of the delegation at this time)
12:30 pm - Depart Hotel for the Florida Everglades
(Transportation time is roughly one hour)
* Box Lunch will be provided
* Attire: Comfortable, Casual, and Light Clothing, Bring Camera
2 pm - Briefing by South Florida Water Management District and Everglades National Park
Location: Water Control Structure 333D
2:30 - 5 pm - Tour of the Florida Everglades National Park
6:45 pm - Return to Hotel
6:45 - 9 pm - Downtime/Tour around Miami Beach
9:15 pm - Transportation to Dinner
9:30 pm - Dinner hosted by Akerman Senterfitt
Joe's Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Attire: Business Casual
Monday, March 5
8:45 am - Meet in the Hotel Lobby for transportation
10 - 11 am - Visit of the National Weather Forecast Office and Tropical Analysis Forecast Branch at the National Hurricane Center at Florida International University (FIU)
12 - 1:30 pm - Luncheon Hosted by Dr. Modesto A. Maidique, President of FIU
Location: Graham University Center
1:30 pm - Meet and Greet with members of FIU's Model U.N. Program (10 minutes)
2 - 3:30 pm - Academic Town Hall Discussion hosted by FIU
U.N. Ambassadors Discuss What's Next for the U.N.
Location: Graham University Center
Moderated by Ralph Clem, Director of the Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies
Participants: 100+ faculty and students
3:45 pm - Transportation back to Hotel
4 - 5:30 pm - Downtime at the Hotel
5:30 pm - Transportation to American Airlines Arena for NBA Basketball game
6 pm - Arrive at the American Airlines Arena
(Delegation will be greeted by Rosie Garcia at Gate 3)
6:15 pm - Photo to be taken of the delegation on the floor of the stadium
6:30 pm - Dinner hosted by the Miami Heat and the NBA
Location: Sol Locker Room
7:30 pm - Miami Heat v. Atlanta Hawks Game
Attire: Business Casual
Tuesday, March 6
9:30 am - Meet in the Hotel Lobby for transportation
10 am - Overview of Miami-Dade County and Exhibition of African-American Contributions to Miami
Miami-Dade County's Jay Malina International Trade Consortium
Location: 111 Northwest 1st St., Suite 2560, Miami, Florida
11 am - Check out from Hotel
11:30 am - Transportation to The Bankers Club of Miami
12 pm - Luncheon Hosted by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) of Miami
Location: The Bankers Club of Miami
One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Boulevard ,14th Floor
2 pm - Transportation to Airport
3:25 pm - Depart Miami on American Airlines Flight # 757
6:25 pm - Arrive New York LaGuardia Airport
H.E. Mr. Robert Hill, Permanent Representative of Australia to the U.N.
H.E. Mr. Talib Hamid al-Bayati, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the U.N.
H.E. Mr. Z.D. Muburi-Muita, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the U.N.
H.E. Mr. Joseph Ntakirutimana, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Burundi to the U.N.
Mr. Lublin Dilja, Deputy Permanent Representative of Albania to the U.N.
Mrs. Gulzara Tuyunbayeva, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the U.N.
United States Mission to the United Nations
Miriam Hughes, Deputy U.S. Representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council
Miriam Novik, Political Adviser
Jay Snyder, Former Commissioner on the U.S. Advisory Commission for Public Diplomacy
Department of State
Gerald C. Anderson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
The Humpty Dumpty Institute
Joe Merante, Executive Director
Capera Clement, Program Manager