Join a Discussion on Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 24, 2011
Replay: Conversations With America: Bridging the Divide

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, will hold a conversation with Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, on "Bridging Divides: Youth, Peace, and Reconciliation." The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions below in the comments section of this entry.

Actor Forest Whitaker is best known for his roles in films ranging from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Bird. Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan leader Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He spearheaded the documentaries Better Angels, a film about Ugandan child soldiers, as well as Common Destiny about the power of education in promoting peace and reconciliation between communities. Mr. Whitaker's humanitarian and artistic work earned him the UNESCO designation of Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.

Through "Conversations With America," leaders of national nongovernmental organizations have the opportunity to discuss foreign policy and global issues with senior State Department officials. These conversations aim to provide candid views of the ways in which leaders from the foreign affairs community are engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.

View other Conversations With America by following this link and by accessing the Conversations With America video podcasts on Apple iTunes.

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brian h.
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Illinois, USA
October 24, 2011

Brian H. in Illinois writes:

As an Aamerica i see the value of the UN It sickens me that some find it ok for the US to defund the UN. it is our job to strenghten the UN to fulill it mission of Peace and justice for all. For the UN to educate our youth in peace studies in the tradition of Elise Boulding, Johan Galtung and my mentor Daisaku Ikeda.

Hope
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California, USA
October 25, 2011

Hope in California writes:

Will Forest Whitaker still serve as a UNESCO ambassador even if the U.S. cuts off funding to that organization?

Sammi
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Minnesota, USA
October 25, 2011

Sammi in Minnesota writes:

How will US and work with UN and celebrity ambasseders to get youths around world to engage in peace instead of violence...that not right way...how do we involve them in political practice so they have voices and avoid frustration? Many around world are youth, they must be heard.

Banji D.
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Illinois, USA
October 25, 2011

Banji D. in Illinois writes:

I have no doubt that it will be a great conversation with Forest Withaker. I will be delighted if the conversation will touch on grooming the youths positively for the challenges of 21st century. It is becoming alarming how moral values is being pushed to the back seat in the scheme of things. For America to sustain his greatness and world leadership, ethics and moral values must be given a pride of place. Thanks.

Anil K.
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Nepal
October 25, 2011

Anil K. in Nepal writes:

Dan i attend in this programme. Yes, i want to attend in this programme

Can i ask some questions:

What is the aim of US to establish peace in Nepal at upcoming days?

viki
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Nepal
October 25, 2011

Viki in Nepal writes:

Is it possible for the concerned ones to come upwith a modern peace ideology com style/attitude/drive that could orient the youths across the globe in a resultant direction....there after they start to think alike, act alike....as if they were blind to the existing thresholds ??? what would be your approach?? thankyou!!

Dongo A.
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Uganda
October 25, 2011

Dongo A. in Uganda writes:

Youths in the world are the majority therefore UN as a body should engage them in peace deals in irrespective countries and not only UN but also various Governments /States should involve youth in decision making to avoid violence.
Youths are ignored in any aspects in life but my suggestion is that youth should have representatives to the UN from different continents so that ideas are generated on how youth can be incorporated in peace deals. After that, regional offices should be put in place to help in research, Monitoring and evolution process of the peace deal.

Together we stand and divided we fall

Dongo A.
Youth Chairperson, Sironko Town council
Mbale-Uganda, East Africa

Chris D.
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Kansas, USA
October 25, 2011

Chris D. in Kansas writes:

Ms. Brimmer,

It is very clear from the recent developments in Syria that the anti-regime demonstrations in Syria will grow violent. What will the United States do in regards to Syria if the people of Syria take matters into their own hands like their Libyan comrades?

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