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Iraqi Women Diplomats-in-Training

Hosted by The Humpty Dumpty Institute, The Mission of Iraq to the
United Nations & The Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative

October 2005

The Humpty Dumpty Institute sponsored two days of briefings at the United Nations on October 27th & 28th for a delegation of nine women diplomats-in-training from the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad. HDI's program was part of a broader, two-week initiative coordinated by the Mission of Iraq to the United Nations and the Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State.

The specific intent of Humpty Dumpty's program was to promote greater understanding among the Iraqi diplomats for the work of the United Nations and its Member-States. The broader aim was to emphasize democratic principles, promote human rights, women's rights, and advance women's political and economic participation in Iraq.

Executive Summary

The Humpty Dumpty Institute sponsored two days of briefings at the United Nations on October 27th & 28th for a delegation of nine women diplomats-in-training from the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad. HDI's program was part of a broader, two-week initiative coordinated by the Mission of Iraq to the United Nations and the Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State.

The specific intent of Humpty Dumpty's program was to promote greater understanding among the Iraqi diplomats for the work of the United Nations and its Member-States. The broader aim was to emphasize democratic principles, promote human rights, women's rights, and advance women's political and economic participation in Iraq.

The delegation was comprised of women diplomats-in-training from the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs with portfolios ranging from international law to human rights to multilateral cooperation.

The two-day event focused on a variety of timely topics including: U.N. Reform, the U.N.'s Role in Humanitarian Assistance Worldwide, Treaties and International Law, Human Development in the Arab World, the U.N.'s Role in Peace and Security, Achieving Gender Equality in Democratic Governance, the U.N.'s Role in Iraq and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The meetings, held in an informal and off-the-record environment, afforded both the Iraqi diplomats and U.N. Staff an opportunity to have an open discussion on these issues.

Following the New York segment of the program, the diplomats headed to Washington D.C., where they attended a series of high-level briefings and informal classroom sessions with senior government officials at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

The Humpty Dumpty Insitute would like to thank the Permanent Representatives of Iraq to the UN, Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida'ie, the Permanent Mission of Iraq to the United Nations, and the U.S. State Department's Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative for the unique opportunity to host the working sessions at U.N. Headquarters for this Delegation.

Schedule

Thursday, October 27

10 - 10:50 am
Conventions, Treaties and International Law
Mr. Palitha Kohona, Chief of Treaty Section
Office of Legal Affairs
Location: 32nd Floor Board Room (3205)

11 - 11:50 am
Current Issues in U.N. Management & U.N. Reform
Mr. Chris Burnham, Under-Secretary-General
UN Department of Management
Location: 10th Floor Board Room

12 - 12:50 pm
The Role of the U.N. in Humanitarian Assistance Worldwide
Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, Assistant Secretary-General
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Location: U.N. Visitors' Office, Guide's Briefing Room

1 - 1:50 pm
Human Development in the Arab World
Ms. Azza Karam, Senior Policy and Research Advisor
UNDP Human Development Report Office
Location: 10th Floor Board Room


Friday, October 28

9 - 9:50 am
U.N.'s Role in Peace and Security
Ms. Susan Manuel, Chief, Peace and Security Section
Department of Public Information (DPI)
Location: 10th Floor Board Room

10 - 10:50 am
The Role of Women in Peace-Making, Peacekeeping, Peace-Building and Reconstruction Efforts
Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women
Location: 10th Floor Board Room

11 - 11:50 am
Achieving Gender Equality in Democratic Governance
Ms. Joan Libby-Hawk, Public Affairs Specialist
Ms. Anne-Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor, Governance, Peace and Security
UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Location: 10th Floor Board Room

12 - 12:50 pm
U.N.'s Role in Iraq: Past, Present & Future
Dr. Jehangir Khan, Head of the Iraq Team
Department of Political Affairs
Location: U.N. Visitor's Office, Guides Briefing Room

1 - 1:50 pm
Overview of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Ms. Chandrika Bahadur, Policy Advisor
The Millennium Project
Location: 10th Floor Board Room

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Participants List

Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Iraqi Women to the U.N. - Delegates

Baisoun Hussein Ahmed (Senior Delegate), Head of the NGO Department in the Human Rights Office

Sally Qaiss Baban, European Bureau

Rula Sabih Mohammad, Human Rights Office

Suaad Salman Keyashe Dawood, Lawyer/legal advisor in the Legal Department

Sawsan Mowafaq Ibrahim, Third Secretary in the U.N. Section, International Organizations and Multilateral Cooperation Department

Zeena Jaffar Hassan, Attaché, Office Manager of the Deputy Foreign Minister

Tania Abdul Kader Hussein, Assistant, Office of the Prime Minister (UN & NGOs issues)

Mays S. Sabri, Attaché, Department of North and South America and the Caribbean

Songol I. Zainal, Third Secretary, Department of North and South America and the Caribbean

Mission of Iraq to the UN

H.E. Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida'ie, Permanent Representative of Iraq

Jwan Tawfiq, First Secretary

United Nations

Chandrika Bahadur, Policy Advisor, The Millennium Project

Chris Burnham, Under-Secretary-General, Department of Management

Anne-Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor, Governance, Peace and Security, U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Azza Karam, Deputy Assistant Administrator, UNDP Human Development Report Office

Dr. Jehangir Khan, Head of the Iraq Team, Department of Political Affairs (DPA)

Palitha Kohona, Chief of Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)

Joan Libby-Hawk, Public Affairs Specialist, U.N. Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Susan Manuel, Chief, Peace and Security Section, Department of Public information (DPI)

Rachel Mayanja, Special Advisor on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women

Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA)

U.S. Department of State

Deborah L. Emmert, Program Director, Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative

United States Mission to the United Nations

Peggy Kerry, NGO Liaison

The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Ralph L. Cwerman, President

William Rigler, Executive Director

Caroline Gosselin, Program Manager

Nathan Robb, Associate

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