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Date & Time: Thursday, May 12, 2011
5:00 AM-9:00 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 with transportation from New England; $195 meet at the UN
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: Depart Boston 4:00 am
Depart Providence/Worcester 5:00 am
Depart Hartford 6:00 am
Depart New Haven 7:00 am

Arrive in NYC and the United Nations at 9:00 am
Tour of the United Nations to see art from all over the world
Elegant Lunch in NYC Restauant
Meditation, Prayer or Quiet Reflection in the Dag Hammarshjold Mediation Room
Briefing on Human Rights by UN Expert and tour of UN Secretariat
Browse the bookstore and gift shops
Depart United Nations 4:00 pm
Arrive New Haven 6:30 pm
Arrive Hartford at 7:30 pm.
Arrive Providence/Worcester 09:00 PM
Arrive Boston 10:00 PM

At the UN briefing, we will hear a human rights expert, Ms. Giorgia Passarelli, from the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, speak about hotspots in human rights.

The United Nations was founded in 1945 after World War II by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. The UN takes action and and provides a forum for its 192 Member States to express their views. Although best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations affects our lives and make the world a better place such as sustainable development, environment and refugees protection and disaster relief to coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations. For more info visit

Ms. Giorgia Passarelli, Human Rights Officer, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, New York Office (NYO). Ms. Passarelli joined the United Nations in 1996. She has worked with several UN human rights experts dealing with thematic and geographic issues, including the effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic waste on human rights; arbitrary detention; enforced and involuntary disappearances; indigenous peoples; religious education, the human rights situation in Somalia; Sudan including Darfur; and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she undertook a number of missions. She also worked on national human rights institutions with a focus on Latin America and the issue of disability and has served on the Secretariat of the Commission on Human Rights. Since she moved to the New York Office of the United Nations in 2004, she has covered issues relating to economic and social rights, human rights-based approach to development, human rights and counter-terrorism and the responsibility to protect. While her current geographic focus is Latin America and the Caribbean, thematically she deals with peace and security, democracy and children and armed conflict.
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Phone: 508-245-6843
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: February 7, 2011 at 6:54 PM
Last Modified: May 2, 2011 at 2:19 PM

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