The MPD delegation to Washington, DC had a busy day on Thursday, with meetings at the United Nations Information Center, the Kazakhstan Embassy, the Korean Cultural Center, and Global Ties U.S., plus tours of the White House and Ford’s Theater.
At the United Nations Information Center, the students met with Deputy Director Andi Gitow. After discussing the center’s role, which is to serve as a focal point and resource for UN news and information so as to advance understanding about the UN and its work, Ms. Gitow answered the students’ questions about harnessing the power of videos and storytelling for advocacy and the UN’s current efforts to engage with young people.
While Jung-hwa “Judy” Kang and Amanda Lester toured the East Wing of the White House, Justin Chapman paid a visit to Ford’s Theatre, where President Lincoln was assassinated. At this point the group said goodbye to Justin, who had to get back to Los Angeles.
In the afternoon, the students met with Mr. Arman Sapargaliyev, Second Secretary (Energy) in Economic Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Discussion centered on Mr. Sapargaliyev’s role in attracting American corporate sponsors for the 2017 Astana Expo, the theme of which is “Future Energy.” This three-month long international mega-event will bring together millions of people to raise awareness of and encourage sharing and collaboration on global energy issues.
Next, the students visited the Korean Cultural Center in DC, where they met with Adam Wojciechowicz, staff member at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Currently under renovation, the Korean Cultural Center offers art exhibits, language classes, and events for the American public to learn about South Korea.
Later, the students met with Global Ties U.S. President Jennifer Clinton and Franziska Rook, Program Manager, Membership. This organization is a non-profit partner of the U.S. Department of State, coordinating a domestic network which supports international exchange programs, including the International Visitor Leadership Program, of which more than 335 current or former heads of state are alumni. Ms. Clinton and Ms. Rook also talked about some new programs that Global Ties U.S. actually runs and the importance of building evaluation tools into programs from the very beginning.
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