International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East to be Held in Astana

ASTANA – Astana is planning to host the 23rd International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East on May 26–27. The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the Department of Public Information of the United Nations (UN DPI).

The media seminar will be attended by current and former politicians and representatives of state bodies, civil society and academic circles from the Middle East, Europe, the United States and other countries and regions. Approximately 100–120 participants will gather for the seminar, including 30 experts invited by the UN.

The UN delegation will be led by Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach. The permanent representative of Oman and the permanent observer of Palestine to the United Nations have also confirmed their participation.

According to a draft programme of the media seminar, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov will speak at the opening session of the event.

The DPI was established in 1946 by General Assembly resolution 13 (I) to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations. The DPI undertakes this task using radio, television, print, the Internet, video-conferencing and other media tools.

The department reports annually on its work to the UN General Assembly’s Committee on Information. The committee, which meets once a year, is responsible for overseeing the work of the DPI and for providing it guidance on the DPI’s policies, programmes and activities.

The DPI is dedicated to communicating the ideals and work of the United Nations to the world, to interacting and partnering with diverse audiences and to building support for peace, development and human rights for all.

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