GPW kicks off on Monday, March 6, with a full-day Global Partnership Practitioners Forum, held at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. This year, the forum focuses on engaging partnership practitioners and leaders from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, and corporations to discuss the role of public-private partnerships (P3s) in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Notable speakers at the forum include Kathy Calvin, President & CEO of the UN Foundation; Thomas Debass, Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State; Vikki Spruill, President of the Council on Foundations, and Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.
The week also features self-organized events around the world, from large scale conferences and panels to intimate networking gatherings or webinars that will serve to illuminate existing collaborations, as well as potential partnership opportunities. A full list of events can be found here.
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."