Special Envoys to Travel to Astana, Kazakhstan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 25, 2010

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal, and Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan, from June 28-30, to participate in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) High-Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination. The U.S. delegation to the conference will be led by U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Richard Hoagland. The conference will run from June 29-30 and aims to review implementation of OSCE commitments related to tolerance and non-discrimination. It also will allow participating States and civil society to present examples of good initiatives and discuss how OSCE institutions and other intergovernmental organizations have supported their efforts to combat discrimination and promote mutual respect and understanding. The conference will be preceded by a Civil Society Preparatory Meeting on June 28.


On the first day of the conference, June 29, from 1:15 to 2:30pm, Special Envoy Rosenthal and Special Representative Pandith will hold a side event entitled “The ART Initiative (Acceptance, Respect, Tolerance).” The goal of the ART Initiative is to present successful and easily adapted innovative approaches to combat intolerance and discrimination by involving interfaith, inter-ethnic youth and young adults. The event will highlight the best practices of several international NGOs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States that are involved in promoting respect and mutual understanding, particularly among young people.


PRN: 2010/861