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UN Across AmericaThe Humpty Dumpty Institute Brings Delegation of U.N. Ambassadors to Minneapolis, MN

April, 2007

On April 9-10, 2007, The Humpty Dumpty Institute sponsored a special "U.N. Across America" program. The U.N. ambassadors of Vietnam and Sri Lanka, the ambassador of Laos to the U.S.A., as well the Chargé of the Permanent Mission of Laos to the U.N. traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota. On Monday, April 9, Augsburg College, a premiere institution of higher learning in Minneapolis, hosted a dinner bringing together over 50 leaders of the city's political, business, academic, and civic communities. The former director of the World Food Program, James Morris, gave the keynote address.

On Tuesday, April 10, Humpty DumptyI organized a panel with U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum at the Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota on mine-action programs with a specific emphasis on Southeast Asia. Senior officials from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and leading mine action and food security NGOs attended. The panel was followed by a lunch and roundtable hosted by the president of the university.

Executive Summary

The Humpty Dumpty Institute hosted a special "U.N. Across America" program April 9-10, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Participants were:

  • H.E. Phiane Philakone, Ambassador of Laos to the U.S.
  • Mr. Phomma Khammanichanh, Chargé d'Affaires of Laos to the U.N. Mr. Bounneme Chouanghom,
  • Political Counselor, Embassy of Laos
  • H.E. Le Luong Minh, Ambassador of Vietnam to the U.N.
  • H.E. Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador of Sri Lanka

The program began on the afternoon of April 9 with a meeting between the visiting diplomats and representatives of the Minneapolis City Council. Meeting served as a good introduction to Minneapolis/St. Paul and was followed by a tour of City Hall.

On the evening of Monday, April 9, a welcome dinner was held at Augsburg College. This college is the premiere Lutheran-affiliated institution in the United States. The President of the College hosted over 50 leaders of the city's political, business, academic, and civic communities. Recently retired World Food Program Director James Morris gave the keynote address.

On Tuesday, April 10, HDI co-hosted a panel with Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and the University of Minnesota on "Food Security and Mine Action" at the Humphrey Institute on campus. The event highlighted HDI's mine action program in Laos and featured presentations by senior officials from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and HDI's mine action partners in the field. Dozens of members of Minnesota's large Laotian and Hmong communities attended the event.

The panel was followed by a lunch hosted by former U.S.AID Administrator and current Dean of the Humphrey Institute Brian Atwood. The lunch served as a forum/roundtable at which all the participants exchanged views on future progress and HDI's important role.

Schedule

Monday, April 9

2:28 pm

Depart Washington Reagan (DCA) on Northwest Flight # 673

4:10 pm

Arrive Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport

4:45 pm

Check in at Hotel
Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

7:00 pm

Dinner at Augsburg College
Location: East Commons Room (Second Floor of the Christensen Center)
2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454
Participants: 50 +

Tuesday, April 10

10:00 am

Panel at the Hubert Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
Location: 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Introduction of Moderator and Panelists by Rep. Betty McCollum
Moderator: Fred De Sam Lazaro
Panelists (Each will talk for about 10 - 15 minutes)
Ralph Cwerman, President of HDI
Edward Bestic, Office of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam - Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
Daniel Hutchens, Program Officer for Laos and Cambodia, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement
Ross G. Kreamer, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ambassador Phiane Philokane, Ambassador the Laos to the U.S.A.
Jamie Franklin, MAG to give a brief PowerPoint Presentation
Participants: 200 +

12:00 pm

Luncheon at the Hubert Humphrey Institute
(H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Ambassador of Vietnam to the U.N., H.E. Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the U.N., and Mr. Phomma Khammanichanh, Chargé d'Affaires of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the U.N. will say a few words at the luncheon)

2:00 pm

Transportation to Airport

3:25 pm

Depart MSP International Airport on Northwest Flight # 1708

6:41 pm

Arrive Washington Reagan (DCA) Airport

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Participants List

UN Diplomats

H.E. Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady, Deputy Permanent Representative, Indonesia

H.E. Lauro L. Baja, Permanent Representative, Philippines

Mrs. Cong Jun, Minister Counsellor, People's Republic of China

H.E. Alounkèo Kittikhoun, Permanent Representative, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Mr. Jiro Kodera, Minister, Japan

H.E. Laxanachantorn Laohaphan, Permanent Representative, Thailand

H.E. Luong Minh Le, Permanent Representative, Viet Nam

Mr. Young-wan Song, Minister, Republic of Korea

Office of the Governor

The Honorable Ted Kulongoski, Governor of Oregon

Office of the Mayor

The Honorable Tom Potter, Mayor of Portland

U.S. Congress

The Honorable Greg Walden, Congressman (R - 2nd District)

World Affairs Council of Oregon

Maria Wulff, President

Michael Carnahan, Director, Programs on World Affairs

Portland State University

Dr. Daniel Bernstine, President

Dr. Gil Latz, Vice-Provost of International Affairs

Special Guests

Steve Bloom, President, Japanese Garden Society of Oregon

Marty Brantley, Chairman of the Board, Portland Art Museum

Chris Burnham, Under-Secretary-General, U.N. Department of Management

David Chen, Oregon Business Innovations

Joseph Ha, Senior Vice President of International Business, Nike, Inc.

Mark Parker, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nike, Inc.

Ron Ragen, Chairman, International Trade Commission

Junki Yoshida, Founder and Chairman / CEO, Yoshida Group

United States Mission to the United Nations

Goli Ameri, Public Delegate to the 60th United Nations General Assembly

Robert C. O'Brien, Public Delegate to the 60th United Nations General Assembly

Millie Meyers, Director of Special Projects

Rebecca Graham, Adviser

The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Ralph L. Cwerman, President

William Rigler, Executive Director

Caroline Gosselin, Program Manager

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