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UN Across AmericaThe Humpty Dumpty Institute Brings Delegation of Asian U.N. Ambassadors to Portland, OR

April, 2006

A delegation of eight Asian Ambassadors to the United Nations traveled to Portland, Oregon, on April 23, 2006, to take part in a two-day public diplomacy program co-sponsored by the Humpty Dumpty Institute, the Oregon World Affairs Council, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Countries represented included China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The visit was intended to promote fresh dialogue between high-level U.N. diplomatic representatives and Oregon's government, civic, and business leaders. It also gave the U.N. Ambassadors a chance to see one of American prettiest cities and allowed them to interact with Oregonians about the challenges and opportunities facing their respective countries at the United Nations.

Over the course of two days, the group met with Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Portland Mayor Tom Potter, U.S. Representative Dave Walden, other business and government leaders, and local media in order to discuss topics ranging from global trade, public diplomacy, United Nations Reform, Human Rights, and regional cooperation and economic development.

Executive Summary

A delegation of eight Asian Ambassadors to the United Nations traveled to Portland, Oregon, on April 23, 2006, to take part in a two-day public diplomacy program co-sponsored by the Humpty Dumpty Institute, the Oregon World Affairs Council, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Countries represented included China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The visit was intended to promote fresh dialogue between high-level U.N. diplomatic representatives and Oregon's government, civic, and business leaders. It also gave the U.N. Ambassadors a chance to see one of American's prettiest cities and allowed them to interact with Oregonians about the challenges and opportunities facing their respective countries at the United Nations.

Over the course of two days, the group met with Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Portland Mayor Tom Potter, U.S. Representative Dave Walden, other business and government leaders, and local media in order to discuss topics ranging from global trade, public diplomacy, United Nations Reform, Human Rights, and regional cooperation and economic development.

The formal program began with a welcome breakfast at the University Club of Portland hosted by Governor Ted Kulongoski, U.S. Congressmen Greg Walden, and Goli Ameri, the U.S. Public Delegate to the 60th United Nations General Assembly. The event focused on "Sustainability and Business: The Oregon Model." The discussion centered on what the State of Oregon was doing to build ties with the Pacific Rim region. U.N. diplomats learned first hand about Oregon's vital international trade community and its focus on environmental sustainability from local business leaders who shared their experiences.

The delegation then headed to Nike Headquarters, where they met with Nike CEO Mark Parker and Dr. Joseph Ha, Senior Vice President of International Business. The group was shown a short film on the company's history and discussed issues such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Economic Development, Child Labor Practices and the Importance of Trade Relations between the United States and Asia. As a special treat, Mr. Parker also gave a pair of new Nike sneakers to each diplomat.

Following their visit to Nike, the delegation attended a luncheon with more than 250 business and civic leaders at the Governor Hotel hosted by the World Affairs Council of Oregon and Portland Mayor Tom Potter. The event began with a keynote speech by Christopher Burnham, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Management (and senior ranking American at the UN) on "UN Management Reform." The U.N. diplomats then took part in a question and answer session with the audience. This event highlighted America's full engagement and critical role in the U.N.'s management reform process.

In honor of the delegation, the World Affairs Council of Oregon also hosted a cultural reception featuring Oregon wines at the Portland Art Museum. Civic leaders, Consul Generals, and the greater Portland Community were treated to a song and dance presentation by students of the International School of Portland. The delegation also closed the evening with a dinner and tour of a local micro-brewery.

The following day, Portland State University (PSU) hosted a Town Hall Meeting to provide the PSU community the opportunity to engage in a multilateral, interactive dialogue with the U.N. ambassadors. More than 350 students and faculty, including PSU President Dan Bernstine, attended the event, which focused on "Why Diplomacy Matters." As always, 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.

Following the Town Hall Meeting, the delegation was given a private tour of Portland's Japanese Garden, which opened in 1967 as a symbol of the friendship between Portland and its first sister city, Sapporo, Japan. The Garden is said to be the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan. The delegation then attended a lunch hosted by the Portland International Trade Commission.

Other highlights of the two-day program included a visit to Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls and a private dinner at the home of Mr. Junki Yoshida, Founder and Chairman / CEO of the Yoshida Group.

Schedule

Monday, April 24

8 - 9:30 am
Welcome Breakfast at the University Club
Topic: "Sustainability and Business: The Oregon Model"
Hosted by Governor Ted Kulongoski, U.S. Congressmen Greg Walden
Participants: 40+ Oregon business and civic leaders (media invited)

10 - 11:15 am
Tour of Nike Campus & Meeting with Mark Parker, CEO
Welcome by Joseph Ha, Senior Vice President of International Business
Presentation on Nike and discussion with Nike executives

12 - 1:30 pm
Lunch at the Governor Hotel with Keynote Speech by Chris Burnham, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Management, on "UN Management Reform"
Followed by Panel Q & A with U.N. Ambassadors
Hosted by Maria Wulff, President of the World Affairs Council of Oregon
Participants: Mayor Tom Potter, 250+ Oregon business and civic leaders

2 - 2:45 pm
Press Conference in Renaissance Room (Governor Hotel)

6 - 7:30 pm
Cultural Reception Featuring Oregon Wines at the Portland Art Museum
Sponsored by Oregon's Leading Businesses
Participants: Civic leaders, Consul Generals and greater Portland Community

8 pm
Dinner at the Portland Brewing Company


Tuesday, April 25

9:30 - 11 am
Academic Town Hall Discussion at Portland State University
Topic: "Does Diplomacy Matter?"
Hosted by Dr. Gil Latz, Vice-Provost of International Affairs
Participants: 350+ Faculty and Students from Local Universities and Colleges

11:30 - 1 pm
Tour and Lunch at the Japanese Garden
Welcome by Steve Bloom, President, Japanese Garden Society of Oregon
Lunch Participants: Members of the International Trade Commission

4 - 6 pm
Tour of Columbia Gorge & Multnomah Falls

6 - 8:30 pm
Dinner at home of Mr. Junki Yoshida, Founder and Chairman / CEO, Yoshida Group


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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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