HEADLINE SPEAKERS

Tijjani Muhammad-BandePresident of the 74th Session of the General Assembly

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Maria Fernanda EspinosaPresident of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly

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Fabrizio Hochschild – Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary

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Natalie Samarasinghe Chief of Strategy in the Office of the Special Adviser on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary

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Maryam Nemazee Newshour Anchor with Al Jazeera English 

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Arancha González Laya –  Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Government of Spain

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Hina Jilani – Pioneering lawyer and human rights defender; President of the World Organization Against Torture; and member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace, justice, and human rights.

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Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-ThaniPermanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations

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Lloyd AxworthyFormer Foreign Minister of Canada and Chair of the World Refugee Council

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Wanjira MathaiVice President and Regional Director for Africa at World Resources Institute

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Danilo TürkPresident of the Club de Madrid, Former President of Slovenia, and former UN Assistant Secretary-General

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Anna Karin Eneström Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations 

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Lolwah Rashid Al-KhaterAssistant Foreign Minister and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar and Executive-Director of the Doha Forum

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Jayathma Wickramanayake – UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

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Lysa John – Secretary-General of CIVICUS

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Cho HyunAmbassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations

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Stephen Schlesinger – Fellow at The Century Foundation

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Maria João RodriguesPresident of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies

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Thomas Weiss – Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York

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Laura ChinchillaVice-President of the Club de Madrid and former President of Costa Rica

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Michael Møller12th Director-General of the United Nations in Geneva and Kofi Annan Foundation Board Member

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Arunabha GhoshFounder and CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water

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Adriana AbdenurCo-Founder of CIPO and Member of the UN’s Committee on Development Policy

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Augusto Lopez-Claros – Chair of the Global Governance Forum

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Adela RazAmbassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations

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Olof Skoog – Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

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Izabella TeixieraFormer Minister of the Environment of Brazil; Co-chair of the International Resource Panel

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José Antonio Ocampo Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and member of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance.

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SPEAKERS

 

Braka AgicDirector, Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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Susan AllchurchChief, Outreach & Engagement, UN Global Compact

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Ali AltiokProgram Officer, Interpeace USA

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Marcel ArsenaultFounder, One Earth Future

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Mena AyaziYouth, Peace and Security Advisor, Search for Common Ground

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Joseph BarattaHistorian and Author of The Politics of World Federation

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Marc Batac – Regional Officer, Initiatives for International Dialogue

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Doreen Bogdan-MartinDirector of Telecommunication, International Telecommunications Bureau

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Sandra BrekaMember of the Board of Management at the Robert Bosch Stiftung

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Rachel BronsonPresident and CEO at Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Andreas BummelCo-founder and Executive Director, Democracy Without Borders

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Sharon BurkeSenior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program, New America

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Ralph ChamiAssistant Director, International Montetary Fund

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Alex CobhamCEO at Tax Justice Network

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Michael CollinsExecutive Director (Americas), Institute for Economics and Peace

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Luis ConsuegraStrategic Partnerships Advisor, International IDEA

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Maureen ConnollyForum Director, UN75 Global Governance Forum

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Arthur L. DahlPresident, International Environment Forum

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Jack DangermondCEO, Environmental Systems Research Institute

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Lual DengManaging Director, Ebony Center for Strategic Studies

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Clementine DesigaudPolitical Advisor, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

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Domenec DevesaMember of the European Parliament of Spain

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Jessica DuqueOutreach and Development Officer, Institute for Economics & Peace

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William DurchDistinguished Fellow, Just Security 2020 Program, Stimson Center

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Patricia GaldamezSenior Advisor to the Secretary-General, Community of Democracies

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Max GilbertFocal Point for the SDGs and Senior Advisor, External Relations, Council of Europe

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Sarah GlaserProgram Director, One Earth Future

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James GoldstonExecutive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative, Open Society Foundations

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Maja GroffVisiting Professor, Leiden University

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Francisco GuerreroSecretary, Strengthening of Democracy, Organization of American States

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Uzma GulHuman rights advocate and youth leader, International Alliance for Women 

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Christa GyoriFounder, Purpose First Economy

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Nandini HariharResearch Analyst, The Council on Energy, Environment, and Water

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Daisaku HigashiProfessor, Sophia University in Tokyo

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Alex HopkinsResearch Associate, Transforming Conflict & Governance, The Stimson Center

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Lise HowardProfessor of International Relations,Georgetown University, and Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System

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Cindy HuangVice President of Strategic Outreach with Refugees International

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Jeffery HuffinesSenior Advisor, UN2020 & Together First

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David Jackson – Director, Local Development Finance, United Nations Development Fund

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Earl JamesBoard Member, Common Home of Humanity

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Magnus JibornSenior Researcher, Global Challenges Foundation

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Rajiv JoshiFounder, Bridging Ventures

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Juan De JoyaProject Director, Association for Computing
Machinery’s Future of Computing Academy

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Erik KastlanderChair, Global Information Management Working Group, OCHA

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Gizem KilinçLeading Coordinator, United Network of Young Peacebuilders 

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Steve KilleleaFounder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

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Maria KisumbiSenior Advisor, Policy & Government Relations, Humanity United and former Coordinator of Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda

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Marina KumskovaUN Liaison, Global Partnership of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

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Eisei KurimotoProfessor, Osaka University in Japan

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Tomas Lamanauskas – Head, Corporate Strategy Division,
International Telecommunication Union

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Joris LarikAssistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law, Leiden University

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Volker LehmannSenior Policy Analyst, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York

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Michael LiuExecutive Director, Chinese Initiative on International Law

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Gina LucarelliTeam Leader Accelerator Lab Network, United Nations Development Programme 

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Juan Fernando LucioDirector, PASO Colombia / One Earth Future

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Paulo MagalhãesFounder and President, Common Home of Humanity

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Marina MankeHead of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division, Department of Migration Management, International Organization for Migration

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Nomsa Tarabella MarchesiMember of Parliament of the National Assembly of South Africa

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Khabele MatlosaDirector, Political Affairs, African Union Commission

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Ottilia Anna MaunganidzeHead of Special Projects, Institute for Security Studies

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Alhagie MbowMember of the Pan African Parliament of Gambia

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Paul MonaghanCEO at Fair Tax Mark

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Francis Mugisha – Member of Leadership Team, TransferLink

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Oshita OshitaDirector-General/Member, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria

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Jens OrbackExecutive Director at the Global Challenges Foundation; Former Swedish cabinet minister; Secretary-General at the Olof Palme International Centre; Anchorman, Swedish television; and Economist at the Ministry of Finance.

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Rosa Pavanelli General Secretary, Public Services International

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Daniel Perell – Representative to the United Nations, Baha’i International Community

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Cristina PetcuResearch Associate, The Stimson Center

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Yu Ping Chan Team Leader Digital Cooperation, United Nations

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Richard PonzioDirector and Senior Fellow at The Stimson Center

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Vesselin PopovskiProfessor of International Peace Studies, Soka University, Tokyo 

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Saphira RameshfarRepresentative of the Baha’i International Community’s UN Office in New York

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Megan RobertsDeputy Director of Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation

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Edna Ramirez RoblesDirector, GOBIZ Global and Professor of International Law at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico

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Robert Rotberg – Founding Director, The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University 

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Rahima SajidAmerican Pakistan Fellow and youth representative to the UN, International Alliance of Women 

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Achyuta SamantaFounder Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, KISS Foundation UK, and KISS Foundation US

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Conor SeyleSenior Strategic Advisor, One Earth Future

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Amit SharmaCEO, FinClusive

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Yadira Pinilla SotoAdvisor to the Director of the Department of the Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions, Organization of American States

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Jordan StreetPolicy and Advocacy Adviser, SaferWorld

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Enyseh TeimoryCommunications Officer, Together First, United Nations Association – UK

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Mandeep Tiwana – Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS

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Massimo TomassoliPermanent Observer to the United Nations, International IDEA

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Maysaa Weal Abu HilalWomen ART Peace Program, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies

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Jonah WittkamperCo-Founder and President of the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Convener of the Global Governance Philanthropy Network

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Chris WilliamsChairman, RTpay

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Zonibel WoodsGender consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank 

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Ursula WynhovenUnited Nations Representative, International Telecommunications Union

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Janene YazzieSustainable Development Coordinator, International Indian Treaty Council

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Soon-Young YoonRepresentative to the UN, International Alliance of Women, co-driver of the fwMAP

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MUSICAL PERFORMERS

GRAMMY-nominated musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni, straddles the boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. to create his appealing Afro Roots sound that unites generations and cultures. A galvanizing performer, Dawuni has performed with Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monae, John Legend & many others. Named one of Africa’s Top 10 global stars by CNN, he has showcased his talent at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl.  Rocky is a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment for Africa, UN Foundation Ambassador for the Clean Cooking Alliance and a Global Ambassador for Born Free USA which works to stop illegal poaching of endangered animals worldwide. Through these designations, he uses his music to shine a light on crucial issues facing humanity across the globe through live concerts, speaking roles and youth empowerment.

Rocky released his 7th studio album entitled “Beats of Zion” in 2019 with its striking accompanying video shot in Jamestown, Accra through Six Degrees Distribution. Rocky also released “Wickedest Sound” featuring Ghanaian dancehall star, Stonebwoy and the gorgeous “Elevation” shot in India.  Rocky is preparing to release a new Ghana focused EP later this year.  In a time when divisive rhetoric is on the rise and the political climate prefers to build walls over bridges, “Beats of Zion” is a refreshing message about global unity and a worldview of oneness. http://www.rockydawuni.com

 

Yagull is a NYC-based acoustic duet of Kana Kamitsubo-Markovic and Sasha Markovic. The work of Yagull has including the latest album “YUNA” received numerous number of praise by diverse publications including Time Out New York, Classical Music Magazine, Progression Magazine, and Acoustic Music. Yagull has performend nationally and internationally. Yagull’s recent concert at the National Museum in Belgrade, Serbia, was featured by RTS, the biggest national broadcast in Serbia.

Kana Kamitsubo-Markovic is a pianist as well as a board-certified music therapist born in Kobe, Japan. She has received a strong and unique music education both in Japan and the U.S studying classical and jazz. In 2008, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she studied jazz piano and music therapy. While performing as a pianist, Kana has also actively worked with children with special needs and been recognized as a leading expertise in the field. Kana has created her own method, Musicreative™, which is referred to as a “highly significant in the field of music therapy, music education, and special education”.

Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia), Sasha Markovic is a self-taught musician who has been playing the guitar since the age of 13. He graduated from Belgrade University majored in Anthropology. He took on an unique approach of learning guitar by trying to replicate the sounds from the vast variety of records he passionately collected and listened to, ranging from 70s rock, blues, jazz to world music.

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The UN75 Global Governance Forum seeks to promote a more inclusive and effective United Nations through dialogue and recommendations that better harness the ideas, capabilities, and networks of both state and non-state actors for achieving the UN’s commitment to peace, sustainable development, human rights, and a stable climate.