Healing the World: The Ethical Dimension of Globalization and Interdependence in the Age of Terror

Virtue Foundation’s Third Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium commemorating the anniversary of September 11 will feature a long list of distinguished speakers and panelists.

Featuring:

  • Kate Adie, Chief Correspondent of the BBC
  • Ken Bacon, President of Refugees International
  • Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • John Chambers, Managing Director of Standard & Poor’s
  • Professor David Cole, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Senator John C. Danforth, US Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Vishakha N. Desai, President of Asia Society
  • Amir A. Dossal, Executive Director of United Nations Fund for International Partnerships
  • Nay Htun, Professor and Executive Director for Asia and the Pacific, University for Peace
  • Gay McDougall, Executive Director of Global Rights
  • Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General, Dept. of Communications & Public Information, United Nations
  • Paula Zahn, CNN Anchor

Program:

Morning Session:
“The Aftereffects of 9/11: Balancing Security and Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror”

Afternoon Session:
“Rebuilding Prosperity and Hope: Overcoming Poverty and Disparity Among Underdeveloped Nations”
Followed by special musical performance by the Israeli-Palestinian duo David Broza and Tareq Abboushi

In an age marked by fear and terror in which innocent civilians across the globe are victimized by the ruthless acts of misguided terrorists, the reality of globalization presents new and complex economic, humanitarian, and social considerations that must be addressed through a unified voice. The widely held perception in many parts of the world that the benefits of globalization have unfairly rewarded some at the expense of others, coupled with conditions such as rising unemployment, poverty, and famine, continues to create fertile breeding grounds for those who have resorted to utilizing terror in a desperate attempt to level the playing field. Within this context, it is imperative that nation states effectively work together to achieve greater social and economic parity that will lead to a more tolerant and just community.