Human Rights in Sudan and Emotional Intelligence at the United Nations in New York

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Date & Time: Thursday, December 16, 2010
5:00 AM-10:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School
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United Nations
First Avenue and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Cost: $295 ($195 meet at the UN) includes lunch in the delegates dining room and transportation
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: Come to the United Nations on 12/16 to find out what I did when I was contacted last May out of the blue by a man working in the Sudan. I knew very little about the largest country in Africa, but all that has changed.

Sam Onapa, a Ugandan finance African Union Administration and Finance Officer, stationed in the Sudan for the past six years, believes he can make a difference before the Sudanese elections-- and he already has.

On November 16, his initiative was commended in the UN Security Council by African Union (AU) special envoy Thabo Mbeki

Will you join me on Thursday, December 16 at the United Nations to learn more? I will tell my story when II bring a group of concerned citizens to New York from New England to learn about human rights abuses in the Sudan and to tell them about Sam Onapa, a man who is already making a difference.

For the past six months, I have been working behind the scenes in Sudan by skype to train an unknown man in Reconciliation Leadership to help him to be practical and give him a tool kit to implement his vision for peace in his host country.

I have been developing Reconciliation Leadership in local and international settings since 1999, drawing on Peace Corps teaching experience in Africa, 20 years as a mediator, consultant and trainer in the United Community, sponsored by the Under-Secretary-General for the least developed countries. and

Human Rights in Sudan and Emotional Intelligence at the UN

A One-Day Trip to New York City Thursday, December 16, 2010

Offered by Virginia Swain, Institute for Global Leadership in partnership with Melisa Gillis, Gillis Consulting

$295 ($195 meet at the UN) includes transportation from Boston and Worcester to New York
RSVP at 508-753-4172 or 508-245-6843 (cell) with full payment. Send check or call with credit card, to cell phone above, to Institute for Global Leadership, 210 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609

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 Leave Boston at 5:00 am (Riverside Station); Leave Worcester at 5:40 (Rt. 146 and Mass Pike). Arrival Worcester approximately 9:00 pm Boston 10:00 pm
 Tuition includes lunch in elegant Delegates Dining Room, briefing on the way down to NYC and integration of experience on return.
 Briefing on Human Rights in Sudan by Ms. Giorgia Passarelli, Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights,
 UN Tour on UN history and spectacular art from all over the world.
 Lunch in the elegant delegates dining room (jackets required for men, no sneakers or jeansbring picture id)
 Shop in the UN Gift Shops and Book Store;
 Reflect in the Dag Hammarskjold Meditation Room.
 Speaker and guide for the trip is Virginia Swain, and Virginia is training a leader in the African Union stationed in Sudan in Reconciliation Leadership.
The human rights focus will be Sudan, the upcoming elections, the implications for Sudan, Africa and the world and the link to emotional intelligence.

Links to the situation in Sudan

Background Papers and Media on Virginia Swain's 20-year career in the United Nations community:
 Reconciliation as Policy: A Capacity-Building Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development, Virginia Swain and Sarah Sayeed 2005 prepared for the 2005 Conference on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York.
 A Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a Post-September 11th World, Virginia Swain and Sarah Sayeed 2006, for a paper for the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, December 2006
 Reconciliation as Policy: Moving Beyond the Victim-Perpetrator Model...December 2004 by Swain and Sayeed prepared for Columbia University conference on Human Dignity and Humiliation 2005
 Finding Inner Strength: Worcester Author Helps Others Chart Course in Turbulent Times. An Interview with Virginia Swain:
 Virginia's televivision show on Channel 13, Imagine Worcester and the World
 Virginia's work with Security Council Resolution 1325, Women and Peace and Security:

Additional media can be found at

More Information: Website:
Phone: 508-245-6843
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: November 12, 2010 at 8:08 AM
Last Modified: December 6, 2010 at 8:04 PM

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