Humanitarian Aid and the United Nations - One Day Trip to the UN in NYC

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Date & Time: Thursday, October 22, 2009
6:00 AM-9:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult, Elders
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United Nations
First Avenue and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Cost: $195 ($200 if using visa/mastercard)
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: Humanitarian Aid and the United Nations
The World of order and justice for which we are striving will never be ours unless we are willing to give it the broadest possible and firmest possible foundation in law. Dag Hammarskjold, Second Secretary-General of the UN.

A one-day excursion to the UN Thursday, October 22offered by Virginia Swain, Institute for Global Leadership, in partnership with Susan Swanberg, American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law with special guests, UN Representative to International Red Cross Marwan Jilani
and Sharon Brownfield, former Director of Training, American Red Cross (Invited)

RSVP early! Maximum 30 participants. $195 tuition ($200 with visa/mastercard) due in full by 10/1/09;
508-753-4172 or or

Depart Worcester, 6:00 AM by bus
Arrive in NYC and the United Nations 10:30 AM
International buffet lunch in beautiful delegates dining room overlooking the East River 11:30 AM
Meditation, Prayer or Quiet Reflection in the Dag Hammarskold Meditation Room 01:00 PM
Briefing on Humanitarian Aid by UN Expert and tour of UN Secretariat 01:30 PM
Depart NYC 04:00 PM
Arrive Worcester 9:00 pm

Virginia Swain, Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Leadership, will facilitate a discussion on the way to New York on present day realities of the United Nations using examples from her 18 years of UN experience. Susan Swanberg, will speak about International Humanitarian Law, The Geneva Convention and the Red Cross in Humanitarian Assistance. At the UN briefing, we will hear an expert speak about the state of humanitarian assistance through The Responsibility to Protect:
For more information, go to and

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 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
Virginia Swain, Director, Institute for Global Leadership has 19 years experience in the UN community and 25 years of practical experience on five continents as an educator, consultant, ombuds, mediator, mentor, counselor and manager and trainer in commercial and non-profit enterprises including Peace Corps teaching in Africa. She is a career and life directions coach, leadership and team building consultant, trainer, mediator, facilitator and counselor. Her clients are children, teens, adults and couples, leaders, teams corporate and international organizations. Through the Institute, Ms. Swain provides Mission-Focused Leadership and Reconciliation Leadership training programs designed to empower emerging and seasoned leaders and teams

Susan Swanberg, American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Instructor, has 15 years of experience with the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts in a variety of roles including: HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Programs, Health and Safety Services Training and currently as Director of Youth Programs. Helping to fulfill the Red Cross mission to disseminate information regarding International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the International Red Cross and Crescent Movement, she offers the 4 hour class Humanity in the Midst of War : An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law. She is also available for speaking engagements recgarding IHL, the history and origins of the Red Cross, the Geneva Conventions and the International Services of the Red Cross.
More Information: Website:
Phone: 508-753-4172
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: September 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

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