“70 years of the UN’s communication: A Public Diplomacy Perspective”
Time and Date: 9:30am-1:00pm Tuesday 12 April 2016 Venue: Conference Room 2 UN Headquarters in New York
Attendees should arrive at the UN visitors centre check-in at the UNITAR building at 801 United Nations Plaza located at the northwest corner of 45th Street and First Avenue between 9:00am and 9:30am and allow at least 30 minutes for the security procedure. This event is free and open to the public. Please register no later than Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
1. Introduction of the event
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the UN’s foundation, a symposium titled “70 years of the UN’s communication: A Public Diplomacy Perspective” will be hosted by the Ewha PDC (Public Diplomacy Center of Ewha Womans University) at the Conference Room 2 of the UN Headquarters in New York on 12 April 2016 in cooperation with the United Nations Academic Impact and under the auspices of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations to look back on the policies and activities of the UN DPI (Department of Public Information) for the past 70 years and suggest its future strategy from the perspective of public diplomacy for the first time.
– Ms. Cristina Gallach (Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations) – Ambassador Oh Joon (Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations) – Ambassador Kaha Imnadze (Chairman of the Committee on Information of the UN General Assembly Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations) – Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin (Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations)
(3) 10:30am – 10:40am: Break (4) 10:40am – 12:30pm: Main Session (Panel Presentations and Discussion)
“70 years of the UN’s communication: A Public Diplomacy Perspective” * Moderator: Director Maher Nasser (Department of Public Information of the United Nations)
– Professor Kisuk Cho (Director of the Public Diplomacy Center, Ewha Womans University) – Dr. Allan E. Goodman (President of the Institute of International Education) – Professor Monroe E. Price (Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) – Linda Lopez (Program Director of International Business Network / ibnMobilité) – Ambassador Hahn Choonghee (Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations)
(5) 12:30pm – 13:00pm: Dialogue with audiences (Q&A Session)
3. Expected Outcome and Contribution
Considering enhanced power and participation of global citizens in international society, it is essential to strengthen the role of the UN DPI for communicating with the citizens of member states, and ultimately making the UN stronger. Therefore, this symposium aims at creating more efficient PR strategies for the UN. It will contribute to promoting ownership and participation of global citizens in the UN’s programs and activities by actively utilizing cutting-edge IT technologies and public diplomacy strategies which enable two-way communications between the UN and global citizens.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."