OUR MISSION


To inform and foster dialogue amongst critical stakeholders on key global issues


  • HDI engages critical stakeholders through its programs with the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, including organizing visits of Congressional delegations overseas and to the U.N., and through its engagement with business and cultural leaders around the world .
  •  HDI collaborates with partner organizations to engage young people on global issues e.g. HDI’s annual United Nations Boot Camp bringing students from around the world to the United Nations.
  •  HDI supports cultural diplomacy. HDI has worked with U.S. embassies and international cultural organizations worldwide to engage people through music, arts, and sports e.g. its training program for young filmmakers from crisis countries in partnership with the UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
  •  HDI conceives, develops and facilitates humanitarian programs with partners, e.g. supporting the removal of landmines and unexploded bombs in Sri Lanka, distribution of footwear to vulnerable communities in Vietnam, support for mobile medical vehicles in Lesotho.
HDI’s 50th U.S. Congressional program To the United Nations (December 2015) HDI Chairman Al Khalafalla (far left) with Members of Congress (left to right) Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Steve Israel (D-TN), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ),  Marc Pocan (D-WI), Charlie Rangel (D-NY)

HDI’s 50th U.S. Congressional program To the United Nations (December 2015) HDI Chairman Al Khalafalla (far left) with Members of Congress (left to right) Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Steve Israel (D-TN), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Marc Pocan (D-WI), Charlie Rangel (D-NY)

HDI’s partners include the U.S, Congress, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, various countries, celebrities, educational institutions, the private sector and a host of other NGOs.