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    ** see forwarded message below ** apologies for cross postings ** FW: UN HOMEPAGE WEBCAST FOR DPI/NGO CONFERENCE FWD BY N. COLTON 01.09.2003 03:01:34 Dear
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1 1:00 AM
      ** see forwarded message below ** apologies for cross postings **

      01.09.2003 03:01:34

      Dear Colleagues,

      In an effort to make the proceedings of the 56th Annual Conference of

      Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) "Human Security & Dignity: Fulfilling

      the Promise of the United Nations" available to a broader public, the

      United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) will web cast the

      Conference plenary sessions through the United Nations homepage

      http://www.un.org for the first time. The Conference, the premier NGO event

      at United Nations headquarters, takes place from 8 to 10 September 2003.

      About 2,000 NGO representatives that work with the United Nations are

      expected to attend.

      The interactive web site will enable NGOs and the general public to live

      access of audio and video web casts through their personal computers. A

      dynamic feature of the web cast is an open discussion forum designed for

      each plenary session where NGOs will connect globally and will share

      comments on issues related to human security and dignity.

      As the United Nations gears up for the World Summit on the Information

      Society (in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003), and seeks to close the

      technological gap between nations, this groundbreaking initiative will

      bring NGO's worldwide together to share their valuable insights live.

      According to Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General of Communications and

      Public Information, "NGOs represent diverse voices from around the world

      and we are determined to reach out to them with our common concerns and

      commitments in achieving human security."

      Fannie Munlin, Chair of the Conference and Representative to the United

      Nations for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. said, "This

      innovative platform will enable hundreds, perhaps thousands, of our NGO

      partners outside of New York to participate directly in the Conference."

      The web site will become active to the NGO network on Friday, 5 September

      through the United Nations DPI/NGO Section web page,

      http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection or NGO/DPI Executive Committee's web page,

      http://www.ngodpiexecom.org/conference. Enter user name(either your first

      name or other) and click on the specific session you would like to join.

      Then click on: "Ask a question" or scroll down to the end of the panel

      section and "Add comments". Click "Create" to post your comments. The

      web site will also be archived for future reference.

      The Conference will feature presentations by such notables as: Fernando

      Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil, who now chairs a high-level

      panel to strengthen United Nations partnerships with civil society; Danny

      Glover, the actor and a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador; Jeffrey Sachs,

      world-renowned economist on development issues and a Special Advisor to the

      United Nations Secretary-General; as well as Sadako Ogata, former United

      Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Co-Chair of the United

      Nations Commission on Human Security.

      The web site will web cast the plenary sessions including five panels: 1)

      Psychological Aspects of Human Security and Dignity, 2) Educating for a

      Secure Future, 3) From Oppression to Empowerment, 4) Sustainable

      Development in the Context of Globalization, and 5) A Conversation with

      Eminent Persons on Global Trends and Strategies.

      We hope to inform as many NGO representatives as possible about the

      Conference web cast. Please join us in promoting the event through your

      listserves and publications and by posting a link to the web cast on your

      web site prior to the Conference.

      NGO Section, DPI

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