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UN Across AmericaThe Humpty Dumpty Insitute Brings U.N. Ambassadors to New Orleans

April, 2005

As part of its ongoing mission to bring the United States and the United Nations closer together, the Humpty Dumpty Institute sponsored a two-day U.N. ambassadorial delegation visit to New Orleans on April 19-20, 2005.

The delegation featured nine U.N. ambassadors - all women - with the primary focus of their visit centering on women's issues. The ambassadors represent the Bahamas, Cape Verde, Denmark, Finland, Grenada, Kuwait, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkmenistan and the United States. West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland, members of Congress, the Louisiana Statehouse, prominent business leaders, and staff from HDI and the U.S. Mission to the U.N. also participated in the two-day program.

Executive Summary

As part of its ongoing mission to bring the United States and the United Nations closer together, the Humpty Dumpty Institute sponsored a two-day U.N. ambassadorial delegation visit to New Orleans on April 19-20, 2005.

The delegation featured nine U.N. ambassadors - all women - with the primary focus of their visit centering on women's issues. The ambassadors represent the Bahamas, Cape Verde, Denmark, Finland, Grenada, Kuwait, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkmenistan and the United States. West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland, members of Congress, the Louisiana Statehouse, prominent business leaders, and staff from HDI and the U.S. Mission to the U.N. also participated in the two-day program.

The delegation began the formal program with a luncheon hosted by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco on the political empowerment of women. The luncheon also included members of the Louisiana Women's Legislative Caucus, women Associate Supreme Court justices, and Louisiana Cabinet secretaries. Gov. Blanco led an open discussion and the legislators shared their experiences with the ambassadors. After the lunch, the ambassadors toured the State Capital with the Louisiana Women's Caucus.

The delegation subsequently visited New Orleans where they dined with the New Orleans World Affairs Council and discussed how they could play a role in improving the lives of women worldwide. The following morning, the New Orleans World Trade Center hosted a champagne jazz breakfast in honor of the Ambassadors. At the breakfast, Ambassadors received a presentation on the history of jazz by Ellis Marsalis. This presentation was followed by a general discussion on "Women In Diplomacy." After the breakfast, former ambassador to the Vatican and former U.S. Congresswoman Lindy Boggs hosted a tea at her French Quarter residence. The delegation coincided with the world-famous New Orleans Jazz Festival, and a number of Ambassadors used the opportunity to discover New Orleans' renowned history, food, and culture. The trip concluded with a dinner hosted by HDI, which included three U.S. Congresswomen.

Consistent with HDI's mission, this Ambassadorial Delegation gave participants the opportunity to experience the views of Americans outside New York City and to have serious discussions on topics of significance to the U.S. agenda at the United Nations. This delegation was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and was made possible through the generous financial support of Mr. Jay Snyder.

Schedule

Friday, 29 April


12:45 pm - Arrive Governor's Mansion, Baton Rouge
1 pm - Lunch at Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge Topic: Political Empowerment of Women Participants: Governor and women's legislative caucus (approx. 35), Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet Members
3 pm - Tour of State Capitol hosted by LA Women's Caucus
6 pm - Arrive New Orleans, check-in to Hilton Hotel
7:30 pm - Cocktails & Dinner with New Orleans World Affairs Council Venue: World Trade Center (2 Canal Street) Topic: The Role of the U.N. in Improving the Lives of Women Worldwide Participants: 15-20 high-profile N.O. citizens

Saturday, 30 April

9:30 am - Champagne Jazz Breakfast with World Trade Center Venue: World Trade Center (2 Canal Street) Topic: Women in Diplomacy Participants: 50-75 local and international business representatives
12 pm - Guided Tour of New Orleans
1 pm - Afternoon Tea with Ambassador Boggs
2 pm - Jazz Fest
8 pm - Cocktails & Dinner hosted by Connie Milstein Venue: Antoine's Restaurant (713 Rue Saint Louis Street) Participants: Include Members of Congress and distinguished guests

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Participants List

Ambassadors to the United Nations

Ambassador Nabeelah Abdullah Al-Mulla, Kuwait

Ambassador Aksoltan Ataeva, Turkmenistan

Ambassador Paulette Bethel, Bahamas

Ambassador Margaret Hughes Ferrari, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Ambassador Maria de Fatima Lima da Veiga, Cape Verde

Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen, Finland

Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Loj, Denmark

Ambassador Anne Patterson, United States

Ambassador Ruth Elizabeth Rouse, Grenada

State of Louisiana, Governor's Office

The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor

The Honorable Mitchell Landrieu, - Lieutenant Governor

Ms. Phyllis Mayo, - Special Assistant to the Governor on Women's Policy

State of Louisiana, Women's Legislative Caucus

Representative Diane Winston, Chair

Representative Regina Ashford Barrow

Representative Clara Guilbeau Baudoin

Representative Shirley D. Bowler

Representative Karen Carter

Representative Jean Doerge

Representative Sidnie Mae Durand

Representative Cheryl Gray

Representative Monica Walker

Senator Sharon Weston Broome

Senator Lydia Jackson

Senator Willie Mount

Ms. Trin Johnson, Executive Director

State of Louisiana, Supreme Court

The Honorable Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball, Associate Supreme Court Justice

The Honorable Jeannette T. Knoll, Associate Supreme Court Justice

State of Louisiana, Cabinet Secretaries

The Honorable Cynthia Bridges, Secretary of Revenue

The Honorable Angele Davis, Secretary of Culture, Recreation & Tourism

The Honorable Ann Williamson, Secretary of Social Services

The Honorable Betty Ireland, Secretary of State

United States Congress

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, (D-NY, 4)

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, (D-PA, 13)

Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, (D-CA, 10)

World Affairs Council of New Orleans

Ms. Dorothy Nelson, Executive Director

World Trade Center of New Orleans

Mr. Charles W. Nelson, President

Mr. Gene Schreiber, Executive Director

Special Guests

Ms. Pat Brister, Former Chair, Saint Tammany Parish Councilwoman

Ambassador Corrine "Lindy" Claiborne Boggs

Mr. Ellis Marsalis, Former Director, Jazz Studies Division, University of New Orleans

Mr. Jay Snyder, Commissioner, President's Commission on Public Diplomacy

United States Mission to the United Nations

Mr. Joseph Merante, Deputy Director of Communications

Ms. Millie H. Meyers, Director of Special Projects

The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Ms. Constance J. Milstein, Chairman

Mr. Ralph L. Cwerman, President

Mr. Bill Rigler, Executive Director

Ms. Daniela Kempf, Program Director

Mr. Jehan Christophe de La Haye St. Hilaire, Guest

Ms. Joanna Lederman, Guest

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