Mayor Sylvester James, Jr. has invited Shelly Pitterman, regional representative for the USA and the Caribbean for UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, to be the keynote speaker at the 44th annual Kansas City Mayor’s UN Day Dinner.
Westin Crown Center
October 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
1 E Pershing Rd,
Kansas City , MO 64108 + Google Map
Pitterman, the son of Holocaust survivors and refugees, has firsthand knowledge of the unique challenges of refugees, an issue that has captured the world’s attention and directly impacted Kansas City in 2016. Pitterman will discuss the global refugee crisis with the Greater Kansas City community at the dinner, a Kansas City tradition since 1970. Mr. Shelly Pitterman is the UNHCR Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean. He joined UNHCR in 1984 and served in Yei, Sudan (1984-1988); Headquarters Geneva on the Somalia Desk (1988-1990); N’zerekore, Guinea (1990-1992); and as the UNHCR Representative in Burundi (1992-1995). During his four year tenure as the Chief of UNHCR’s Resettlement Section, the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement began and the UNHC…
Also at the dinner, Abdul Bakar will receive the 2016 K.C. World Citizen of the Year Award from Mayor James.
Abdul fled the civil war in his home country, Somalia, in 1992, when he was 13 years old. He lived in a UN refugee camp outside of Mombasa, Kenya, and against great odds pursued education as a means to secure a future. He taught himself Swahili so he could work and go to school among the Kenyans. He established himself, which enabled his surviving family to join him in Kenya. After eight years in Kenya, Abdul emigrated to the United States, first to Atlanta, where he met and married his wife, Dahabo. He and his wife then settled in Kansas City. They have five children.
Abdul has been director of the refugee resettlement program at Della Lamb Community Services since 2012. Earlier, since 2005, he was with Jewish Vocational Services helping resettle refugees in the Kansas City area, and finding employment for them. Abdul also is studying toward an interdisciplinary Ph.D. (education and social science) at UMKC. His research is on the impact of the refugee experience on African children.
Table sponsorships are available for $850, or individual seats may be reserved for $75