“The UN Under New Leadership”
2007 UN Study Visit
New York, NY | May 2, 2007

New York, NY—The Women’s Foreign Policy Group hosted its second annual UN Study Visit during an exciting moment in UN history just after the arrival of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his new team. The WFPG UN Study Visit focused on “The UN Under New Leadership” and gave over 100 participants an insider’s look at who these new leaders are, what important issues they are currently debating, and how they vision the future of the United Nations. Attendees included representatives from corporations, non-profits, foundations, international organizations, the diplomatic community and the media from both Washington, DC and New York.

The program featured top UN officials and ambassadors and covered UN reform, humanitarian challenges from Darfur to Afghanistan, pressing issues facing the Security Council, influenza pandemic preparedness, US priorities at the UN, and challenges for the UN in the future. The event also included a VIP Luncheon featuring the new US Ambassador to the UN, H.E. Zalmay Khalilzad, as the keynote speaker.


The US Priorities at the UN
H.E. Zalmay Khalilzad, Keynote Speaker
Ambassador of the US to the UN
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Pressing Issues Facing the Security Council: The View from the United Kingdom Presidency
H.E. Karen Pierce, Afternoon Session Speaker

Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the UN
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Morning Session Speakers
Listed in program order

Pressing Humanitarian Challenges from Darfur to Afghanistan
John Holmes
, Under-Secretary-General for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Relief Coordinator
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New Leadership of the United Nations
Robert Orr
, Assistant-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning
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Challenges for Reform
Alicia Barcena Ibarra
, Under-Secretary-General for Management
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Influenza Pandemic Preparedness: A Status Report
David Nabarro
, UN Coordinator for Avian and Human Flu
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UN Study Visit VIP Luncheon: The West Terrace

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and WFPG Board Members

Maxine Isaacs, WFPG Board Chair, and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

(From left) Susan Myers, UN Foundation, Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the UN, and Dawn Calabia, WFPG Board Member

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad greets Alicia Barcena, Under-Secretary-General for Management

VIP Luncheon Moderator Gillian Sorensen, Senior Adviser, UN Foundation, and WFPG Board Member, greets Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

Warren Hoge, The New York Times

Ambassador Hamid Al Bayati, Permanent Mission of Iraq to the UN

Ponchitta Pierce, WFPG Board Member

Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Mission to the UN

Dawn Calabia, WFPG Board Member and Morning Session Moderator

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Patricia Ellis, WFPG President

(From left) Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Mission to the UN with WFPG Board Members Gillian Sorensen and Maxine Isaacs

(From left) Fauzie Meinarti, Consulate General of Indonesia, Trie Edi Mulyani, Indonesian Consul General, Dawn Calabia, WFPG Board Member, and WFPG Staff Members Kimberly Kahnhauser and Emily Harter

(From left) WFPG Staff Members Kimberly Kahnhauser and Emily Harter, Patricia Ellis, WFPG President, Alicia Barcena, Under-Secretary General for Management, and Susan Rappaport, WFPG Board Member