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WWS colloquium explores role of NGOs, April 23-24

The second annual Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs, organized by the Woodrow Wilson School , is planned for Friday and Saturday, April 23-24.

The colloquium, titled "In the Service of All Nations? The Role of NGOs in Global Governance and Society," will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Most events will take place in Robertson Hall.

The two keynote speakers will be:

  • Sarah Chayes, former National Public Radio reporter and current director of the Bakhtar Agriculture and Livestock Cooperative in Kandahar, Afghanistan, who will discuss "Assistance to Afghanistan: Not How Much, But How" at 9 a.m. Saturday in 16 Robertson Hall; and
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, president of Brazil from 1995 to 2002 and the current chair of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Panel of Eminent Persons on Civil Society and U.N. Relationships, who will discuss "The Role of Civil Society in Strengthening Democratic Governance" at 1 p.m. Saturday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The conference will focus on the increasing importance of nongovernmental organizations and civil society in addressing pressing challenges traditionally within the exclusive purview of governments. Speakers will consider the ways in which NGOs, civil society, public-private partnerships and governments interact, complement and challenge one another, both domestically and internationally. Two subthemes -- AIDS and nation-building -- will provide a framework for concrete examples.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and coincides with the school's Graduate Alumni Weekend. For more information, visit the colloquium's Web site .

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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