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Third First Dragon Global Citizenship Programme in Geneva

First Dragon Global Citizenship Programme in Geneva

The Dragon Foundation and the Institute of International Education launched for the first time the Dragon Global Citizenship Programme in Geneva last month. From June 8 through 15, thirty outstanding students from Hong Kong universities explored the theme of ethics and international organizations among the world’s most pivotal organizations. The Programme featured visits to and briefings by the UN Environmental Program, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), among others.

The week-long conference was marked by an inaugural breakfast and Mini Forum on June 11, 2007. Distinguished guests included Dr. Rosanna Wong, DBE, JP, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups; Founding Director, The Dragon Foundation , Dr. Daniel Warner, Executive Director, Program for the Study of International Organizations, Graduate Institute of International Studies, and Mr. Martin Glass, Permanent Representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China to the WTO.

Event to Unite Future Leaders of Asia with Distinguished Members
of International Community
Geneva, June 5, 2007 – The Dragon Foundation and the Institute of International Education will inaugurate the first Dragon Global Citizenship Programme in Geneva with a special breakfast and Mini Forum on June 11, 2007. The Mini Forum will draw upon Geneva’s distinguished position as home to many of the world’s pivotal organizations and will unite the leaders of today with Asia’s leaders of tomorrow. The event marks the launch of a dynamic conference from June 8 through 15 where thirty outstanding students from Hong Kong universities will explore the theme of ethics and international organizations. The Programme will feature visits to and briefings by the UN Environmental Program, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Committee of the Red Cross, among others.
Breakfast & Mini Forum: Media Welcome
DATE: June 11, 2007
TIME: 9:00 AM – 10:00 Welcome Breakfast
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address
PLACE: Warwick Hotel Geneva:
14, rue de Lausanne
RSVP: assistant@iie.hu
Participants will include:
• Dr. Daniel Warner, Executive Director, Program for the Study of International Organizations,
Graduate Institute of International Studies.
Co-editor of Social Issues, Globalization, International Institutions
• Mr. Martin Glass, Permanent Representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China to the WTO
• Dr. Rosanna Wong, DBE, JP, Executive Director, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups; Founding Director, The Dragon Foundation
• Ms. Chandlee Barksdale, Director, Global Learning Initiatives, Institute of International Education
The Dragon Foundation, based in Hong Kong, has joined in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), a New York based not-for-profit international educational and professional exchange organization, to create this interactive leadership program for students in all disciplines from Hong Kong universities. In Geneva, students will investigate the challenges faced
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by groups fostering human rights, health, fair trade and labor standards, environmental accountability, and sustainable development. The students will also examine the history and development of international organizations and the importance of ethics to the work they will do in the new millennium.
Using an experiential, case study approach, the Programme will focus on a different topic and organization each day. Lectures and workshops will be supplemented by site visits to international and nongovernmental organizations to give students an overview of these agencies and an understanding of organizational strategies, mandates, and resources. Students also will work in teams on a project to develop an in-depth, critical awareness of and a position on a specific issue of global concern and how it is being addressed by one or more international organizations.
The Hon. Sir Yang Ti-liang, GBM, JP, Chairman of Board of Directors of The Dragon Foundation, expressed his confidence that the student delegates would return to Hong Kong with a better understanding of global citizenship, along with its importance to them as Hong Kong’s future leaders. Dr. Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, DBE, JP, Director of The Dragon Foundation and Executive Director of The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, stressed the importance of commonality and interdependence as the essence of global citizenship, and that The Dragon Foundation, together with its partner, the Institute of International Education, was proud to provide the student delegates with the opportunity to develop a global perspective through the Global Citizenship Programme.
New York Conference
The Programme in Geneva will be followed by a similar conference in New York from July 19 to 26 that will be attended by 30 different students. The New York delegation will examine ethics in business and finance, through briefings and site visits to organizations such as The New York Times, Bloomberg, Citi, and the United Nations.
About the Selection Process
In keeping with the Dragon Foundation’s commitment to developing young Chinese leaders for the new century, 60 Hong Kong university students have recently been selected as Dragon Foundation Global Citizens in recognition of their outstanding academic and leadership achievements. The Global Citizenship Programme, which invests in the preparation of talented Hong Kong students for distinctive service to society and their future professions in the globalization era, is now in its fourth year. Local universities were invited to identify their most accomplished full-time Hong Kong and mainland Chinese undergraduate students studying in Hong Kong for the Global Citizenship Programme. At the recent Commissioning Ceremony in Hong Kong, the Foundation selected 60 of these exceptionally talented and bright students to make up two delegations, with one delegation to visit Geneva and another New York.
About The Dragon Foundation
With wide support from the community, the Dragon Foundation was inaugurated in February 2000 and incorporated under the Companies Ordinance in Hong Kong. The Dragon Foundation was established as a non-profit, charitable organization with a long-term commitment for a mission of nurturing young people of Chinese ethnicity worldwide to become leaders of tomorrow. Detailed information about the Foundation can be obtained at www.dragonfoundation.net.
About the Institute of International Education
The Institute of International Education, founded in 1919, is the world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE has a network of 19 offices worldwide, over 600 college and university members, and more than 6,000 volunteers. In collaboration with governments, corporate and private foundations, and other sponsors, IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors. IIE also conducts policy research and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. Information about IIE can be obtained at www.iie.org.

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