September 22, 2008

HARRISONBURG—At the special invitation of Ambassador Patrick R.D. Hayford, Director of the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa, Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, will be participating today as an invited expert in the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on “Africa’s Development Needs: State Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward.”

The summit, which is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, was called last year by the 62 nd General Assembly, which decided by resolution that the gathering would be held at the highest possible political level, with the participation of Heads of State or Government, cabinet ministers, special envoys, and other diplomatic representatives to better focus efforts on the African continent’s challenges. The United States is being represented at the meeting by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.