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United Nations Event in New York City: Why We Need to Know Now About Dag Hammarskjold: 2nd UN Secretary General

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Date & Time: Friday, March 16, 2012
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 adults with transportation to the UN in NYC; $195 meet at the UN (adults) $150 meet at the UN (students/seniors)
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: Agenda includes a tour, a briefing by Michiko Kuroda. Annika Sevill and Virginia Swain on Why Dag Hammarskjold's Leadership is Needed Now, an elegant lunch at a nearby restaurant and an opportunity to visit the Dag Hammarskjold Meditation Room, book and gift shops. For more on Dag Hammarskjold, go to

Annika Savill is Deputy Executive Head of the United Nations Democracy Fund, UNDEF, a trust fund under the UN Secretary-General which works to strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. She previously served in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General from 1997 to 2008, working under Ban Ki-moon and Kofi A. Annan as a senior speechwriter and member of the Secretary-General's communications team. In that capacity, she maintained a special focus on the legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld and has written a number of speeches on the topic. Prior to joining the United Nations, she had a 15-year career as a journalist, serving with the Associated Press, Reuters and The Independent, where she was a founder member and Diplomatic Editor.

Michiko Kuroda (Ms.) (M.A.)International Mediator at the United Nations, and Certified Mediator in NY State. Former Chief of Staff at United Nations peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions in Timor-Leste. Her other experience includes: Senior Management
Analyst in Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Senior Conflict Management Officer in the Ombudsman's Office, Program Manager, Capacity Development Program, Headquarters Committee on Contracts. Currently, she teaches at Mercy College as Adjunct Professor.
Board Member of the Institute of Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Bronx. Her publications include Early Warning and Conflict Resolution,(co-editor), McMillan & St.Martin's Press, London & New York, 1992. Studied in Belgium, USA, Switzerland, in addition to her studies in Japan.

Recent participant Dave Woessner of Harvard Divinity School commented, "Virginia brings a passion for the UN and the multilateral peace process that is contagious and engrossing. The exposure to diplomatic officials and NGO professionals offers an unbelievable degree of access into the functioning of the UN. It is emotionally edifying and spiritually uplifting power-networking, and you'll never look at the UN the same way again. Great work is being done there and Virginia brings you into the heart of it."

For more about UN events with Virginia Swain, go to

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Phone: 508-245-6843
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: January 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Last Modified: February 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

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