Worldview Institute | Spring 2009 Semester




The Worldview Institute of UNA-NY announces the enrollment for its Spring 2009 semester. The current global economic situation provides a backdrop to our series of seminars designed for international managers and corporate executives who are seeking insights into global issues in business and politics.

Our program consists of a ten seminar sequence for executives at U.S. based multi-national corporations. The program addresses the understanding of corporate responsibilities and the political and cultural contexts of doing business in various regions of the world. The seminars are offered in association with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

Program fees are $395 for new participants and $350 for previous alumni. This includes informal opportunities to chat with the presenters at wine receptions and catered dinners in different Missions to the United Nations. Also included is a tour of the United Nations on January 26, 2009.

NOTE: the semester is sold out.

For more information please contact Ann Nicol at (212) 907-1353 or

Seminar 1: January 15, 2009

A New Political Agenda

Brief Description: The power factors governing our current critical global situation are explored. Globalization is a two-way street and we must learn to travel on it.  Historical analysis and trends are traversed to define the set of elements for a new political agenda.

Faculty: Ambassador Ahmad Kamal, President and CEO, The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations

Location: Hungarian Mission to the UN, 227 East 52nd Street, New York City

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

Seminar 2: January 20, 2009

Restoring the Balance: Prospects of Democracy in the Middle East

Faculty: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Location: Qatar Mission to the United Nations, 809 United Nations Plaza, 3rd Floor

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

Seminar 3: January 26, 2009

The Epidemic of Change

Brief Description: The international consequences of transformative events be they natural, political or social, are examined. The changes created are analyzed in a framework of cause and effect.

Faculty: Ramu Damodaran, Chief, Civil Society Service, Department of Public Information, United Nations

There will be a tour of the United Nations from 5- 6 p.m. We will meet at the Information Desk at the UN at 5 p.m.—Please use the Visitors Entrance to the UN, First Avenue & 46th Street.

The seminar will be held at UNA-USA, 801 Second Avenue, (between 42 & 43rd Streets), 2nd Floor.


>>> See photos of the event here

Seminar 4: February 3, 2009

Latin America: 2009 Outlook

Brief Description: The external backdrop facing Latin America has become very challenging. The region has accumulated a fair amount of wealth and resilience over the last few years but is not immune to the impact generated by the deceleration of global economic activity and the decline in commodity prices from recent highs. The more challenging external environment will help differentiate countries that pursue sound conventional policies from countries that are pursuing more heterodox experiments.

Faculty: Alberto Ramos, VP, Emerging Markets Economic Research Group, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Location: Estonian House, 243 East 34th Street, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

Seminar 5: February 24, 2009


Faculty: Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations

Location: Pakistan Mission to the UN, 8 East 65th Street

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar


>>> See photos of the event here

Seminar 6: March 3, 2009

Will the Second Great Crash of the Market Cause the Second Great Depression?

Faculty: John Authers, Investment Editor, Financial Times

Location: Financial Times, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

Seminar 7: March 17, 2009

The European Union and Hungary as an Emerging Market

Brief Description: The economy of the EU and a case study in how it is affected by the global financial crisis and plans to improve the situation. The seminar will examine Hungary as an example of an emerging market outlining its strengths and weaknesses and why the financial crisis affects it so deeply.

Faculty: Dr. Maria Findrik, Director, Executive Education and Professor of Economics, Central European University, Budapest

Location:  Hungarian Mission to the UN, 227 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

Seminar 8: March 31, 2009

Harnessing Cities’ Potential for Sustainable Development

Brief Description: Half of humanity now lives in cities and social vices, health epidemics proliferate. Cities are, however, the engines of national economic growth.  Cities Alliance is a global coalition of cities and their development partners working together to scale up successful approaches to urban poverty reduction.  This seminar explores the positive impacts of urbanization and what national governments should do to better manage their cities.

Faculty: Dr. Chii Akporji, Communications Officer, Cities Alliance, World Bank

Location: Uganda Mission to the UN, 336 East 45th Street

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

Seminar 9: April 7, 2009


Faculty: Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

Location: Iranian Mission to the UN, 622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

Seminar 10: April 14, 2009

Arab and Muslim Expectations from the New Obama Administration

Brief Description: This seminar will take a look at the Middle East peace process, Iran, the "war on terror" and supporting democratic reforms in the Middle East. A brief summary will be given on where the Arab public and governments stand on each of these issues and how they expect the new administration to deal with them.

Faculty: Khaled Dawoud, UN Correspondent, Al-Jazeera

Location: TBA

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Seminar

April 20, 2009

Graduation Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Hiroshi Murakami, president, Toray Industries America Inc.

Mr. Murakami will speak about Toray Group and its support of environmental sustainability.

Location: The National Arts Club
Time: TBA