Luncheon Reception on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, May 31, 2011

Informal Discussion on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue

The Committee of Religious NGOs, the Mission of the Philippines and UNESCO hosted 75 people for lunch and to share updates on interreligous and intercultural dialogue and initiatives on May 31, 2011. In attendance were representatives from 14 Missions: Philippines, United States, Indonesia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Liberia, Russia, Belarus, China, Italy, Surinam and Slovenia, the UK Consulate and five UN Agencies: UNESCO, UNICEF, DESA, UN Alliance of Civilizations and the UN Programme on Youth, as well as a wide range of NGOs.

Distinguished speakers included:

Mr. Philippe Kridelka, Director, UNESCO NY Office

H.E. Amb. Carlos D. Sorreta, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN

H.E. Amb. Bernadette Cavanagh, Deputy Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the UN

H.E. Amb. Yusra Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN

Mr. John Sammis, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Mr. Marghoob Saleem Butt, Counselor, The Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN

Mr. Marc-Andre Dorel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Rochelle Roca-Hachem, Culture Specialist, UNESCO

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