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January 21, 2012 Summary of Visioning Rio +20

January 21, 2012
Summary of Visioning Rio +20
16 Dec Participant list
16 Dec Conversation Overview

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January 15, 2012 14th Annual NY MLK Interfaith Observance

Participation in the 14th Annual New York Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Observance for Religious and Racial Harmony; Remarks at Saint Bartholomew’s Church. Sunday January 15, 2012.

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Visioning Rio + 20

An international series of conversations exploring collaborative intersections of media and sustainable development organized by WCPUN, IVOH, and what moves you?

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Co-sponsorship of the 2011 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize

Co-sponsorship of the 2011 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism coverage of the UN, awarded by the United Nations Correspondents Association – December 2011

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64th Annual DPI/NGO Conference

Installation of Barbara Holub’s “Blue Frog Society” at the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference.

In follow-up to WCPUN participation on a panel at the Austrian Cultural Forum (March 2011) to mark the installation of artist Barbara Holub’s project: The Blue Frog Society/ A Habitat without Territory at the Czech Mission to the United Nations / Windows on Madison New York, WCPUN, represented by Shamina de Gonzaga, co-sponsored with the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Education of Austria, Barbara Holub’s presentation of The Blue Frog Society/ A Habitat without Territory at the 64th Annual DPI/NGO Conference. The interactive installation inviting conference participants to question concepts of territory/habitat and explore the potential of a world without borders through an artistic lens subsequently traveled to the Galerie Traklhaus, Salzburg, thus transmitting the contributions of the participants of the conference to the art audience. http://www.transparadiso.com – September 2011

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Colores Auténticos de México

Renée Niño de Rivera and Shamina de Gonzaga at the Colores Auténticos de México booth at the Ethical Fashion Show, Carrousel du Louvre.

WCPUN has been pleased to serve as an Adviser for “Colores Auténticos de México,” an initiative by to provide training and economic opportunities to women in La Venta, Oaxaca, by combining their traditional embroidery with modern design. WCPUN joined Ms. de Rivera at the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre, where the samples of Colores Auténticos de México were presented. http://www.unonoticias.com:80/insides/DetailSingle.aspx?PID=275418 – September 2011

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Global Veterans for Peace and Reconciliation

WCPUN co-sponsored the Veterans Club of North Hills Long Island launch of “Global Veterans for Peace and Reconciliation” programme – July 2011

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First International Conference for Migrants’ Rights

Rosa M. García, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training (right), participated in an Indocumentales discussion and screening of Alex Rivera’s Film, The Sixth Section, presented by Shamina de Gonzaga (left), with the support of WCPUN.

WCPUN contributed to the First International Conference for Migrants’ Rights, hosted by the Migrant Heritage Commission and the Foundation for the Support of the United Nations – June 2011 Washington D.C.

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Centerpoint Now 2011 Launch at the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN

Opening Speakers, from left to right: H.E. Mr. Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Representatives of Turkey to the UN, Shamina de Gonzaga, Executive Editor, Centerpoint Now; H.E. Mr. Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN (President of the 66th Session of the General Assembly)

The 2011 edition of WCPUN publication Centerpoint Now (CPN) 2011 was launched at the Permanent Mission of Turkey, at an event organized in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Spain, the Permanent Mission of Qatar and the Secretariat of the Alliance of Civilizations. The diplomatic community and artists and authors featured in CPN came together for an evening of conversation on how the principles underpinning the Alliance of Civilizations manifest in different sectors and cultures. Speakers included; Mr. Marc Scheuer, Director of the Secretariat of the Alliance of Civilizations, Ms. Peri Uran, Professor of Constitutional Law, who explained the development of Turkey’s Constitution beginning with its roots in Ottoman times, and Ms. Gema Alava, Artist who presented her work “Trust Me.” The discussion was moderated by Shamina de Gonzaga – June 2011

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Barbara Holub’s Blue Frog Society at the Austrian Cultural Forum

Panelists at the 24 March Presentation of the BFS

WCPUN participated in a panel discussion based on Barbara Holub’s Blue Frog Society – A Habitat without Territory, at the Austrian Cultural Forum. The conversation explored the limitations of concepts of territory and movement of people, and proposed ways to envisage the future differently, utilizing the principles of the Blue Frog Society as a springboard – March 2011