2015 United Nations Day Dinner

Friday October 23, 2015 is the United Nations Day Dinner Hosted by Mayor Sylvester James. The event is at the InterContinental Hotel Kansas City At The Plaza 401 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112.

Special Guest Under Secretary-General Zerrougui has been pressed into service as a principal at an African Union-UN Summit on terrorism, non-state armed forces and their impact on the civilian population. The summit will take place even as we celebrate UN Day at the Mayor’s UN Day Dinner. It’s not a request she could refuse, given her mission.

Ms. Zerrougui sent her regrets and has directed her Number Two, Sharon Riggle, to represent her at the dinner and speak on her behalf.
Ms. Sharon Riggle
Chief of Office, OSRSG Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC)
Ms. Riggle, a national of the United States, is currently the Chief of Office for the SRSG CAAC. She is Senior Policy Advisor to the SRSG and is in charge of programmatic and administrative oversight for the office. She has a wide range of regional expertise from Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Prior to the CAAC office, she was Director of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, covering 43 countries and assisting them reach their disarmament goals. Ms. Riggle recently has served as a senior officer at both the UN World Food Programme, and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan—where she was also on the Darfur Mediation Team. Previously, she served several years as the Director of the Centre for European Security and Disarmament in Brussels, as well as the Head of the Strategic Development Unit for the OSCE Mission to Serbia and Montenegro working on police reform. She earned a BA in Psychology and Spanish (dual degree) from Michigan State University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent (UK) and is a PhD candidate in post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation at the University of York (UK).

Alice Kitchen will be presented with the 2015 World Citizen Award. This event will be hosted by Mayor Sylvester James and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is attending.

“Our city’s support for the United Nations goes back to the organization’s founding in 1945, when resident Harry S. Truman, a Kansas City-area native, signed the UN Charter.

To this day, Kansas City has a special relationship with the United Nations. It is in Kansas City that America buys the food we donate abroad through our government, charities and the UN World Food Program. And we are home to Hallmark Cards, which is the exclusive supplier of all United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) cards and gifts sold in the United States.

Our City’s collective vision for peace and hope is highlighted at the Mayor’s UN Day Dinner, where we celebrate the mission of the UN and welcome accomplished speakers such as Ms Leila Zerrougui.”

– Mayor Sylvester James, Jr.

Also in attendance will be Congressman Emanual Cleaver Cleaver currently represents Missouri’s 5th congressional district, where he’s served since 2005. Congressman Cleaver previously served on the Kansas City Council from 1979 to 1991, until he was elected Mayor of Kansas City, serving from 1991 to 1999.

Please email Brian Wright with Names for those attending dinner and if you need a vegetarian dinner option bwright1@jccc.edu

There will be a pre-dinner event at Kaufman Foundation Brookside room (holds 50) Oct. 23, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. (free event).
UNA Women Reception with Sharon Riggle, Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:30-7:30 pm Brio Restaurant on the Plaza 2nd Floor 502 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO (free event)

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