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Panel Discussions - Sunday, September 22, 2013

IPI Annual Mideast Ministerial Dinner

More than 40 foreign ministers, United Nations officials, and heads of humanitarian agencies gathered Sunday night, September 22, 2013, at the International Peace Institute for the Eighth Annual Ministerial Working Dinner on the Middle East.

Discussion at the dinner covered the Middle East peace process and the crisis in Syria.

Prior to the dinner, special guests Bill and Melinda Gates discussed the ongoing efforts of their foundation to eradicate polio and cited the connection between health and security.

Briefing the participants on the peace process were Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization; Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice of Israel; and Martin Indyk, the senior American envoy to the newly resumed peace talks.

Valerie Amos, Undersecretary-General, Humanitarian Affairs and Humanitarian Relief Coordinator of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, led the discussion on the refugee and humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Syria.

Humanitarian groups present included the International Red Cross, World Food Programme, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, and High Commission for Refugees.

The dinner was co-hosted by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates; Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; and Terje Rød-Larsen, President of IPI.

Guest List (download pdf of guest list)

Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Kuwait
Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General, Humanitarian Affairs and Humanitarian Relief Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Inger Andersen, Vice President, Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank
John Baird, Foreign Minister of Canada
Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden
Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme
Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Espen Barth Eide, Foreign Minister of Norway
Nabil el-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States
Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Saad-Eddine El Othmani, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco
Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France
Nabil Fahmy, Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt
José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain
Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates
Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Rita E. Hauser, President of The Hauser Foundation and Chair of the IPI Board of Directors
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Martin Indyk, US Department of State
Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Nasser Judeh, Foreign Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Ioannis Kasoulides, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus
Kim Won-soo, Assistant Secretary-General, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Change Implementation of the United Nations Change Management Team
Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia
Tzipi Livni, Minister of Justice of Israel
Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestianian Liberation Organization
Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium
Ghassan Salamé, Dean, The Paris school of International Affairs/Psia, Sciences Po, Paris
Robert H. Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process UNSCO
Villy Søvndal, Foreign Minister of Denmark
Frans Timmermans, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Evangelos Venizelos, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Hellenic Republic
Hoshyar Zebari, Foreign Minister of Iraq
Mortimer B. Zuckerman, President of Boston Properties, Editor-in-Chief of the News & World Report and Secretary and Treasurer of the IPI Board of Directors

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