The Governance of Diversity - Minneapolis(1994)


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"The Governance of Diversity"
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 1994

The object of the 1994 General Assembly, as set forth in a preliminary planning document by Academy President Harlan Cleveland, was “to develop and disseminate (a) a fresh vision of the kinds of human cooperation that will be possible in the 2020 world, and (b) the steps governments and nongovernments will need to take, starting soon, to make such peaceful change possible.”

The conference began on a Wednesday evening, with a Welcome Dinner at which the speakers were James Grant, executive director of UNICEF; and Federico Mayor, director-general of UNESCO. All panel discussions were held in plenary sessions, over the following two and a half days. Topics included: The Spread of Knowledge, Population Policy, The Global Future of Biotechnology, and World Governance as an Uncentralized System. There were special luncheon sessions on Minnesota’s experience with diversity, and on the concept of a global code of ethics.

Panelists in the plenary sessions included Elsimar Coutinho, Faculty of Medicine, University of Salvador (Brazil); Susantha Goonatilake, Sri Lankan economist; Mircea Malitza, former ambassador and founder of the Black Sea University (Romania); Sir Sridath Ramphal, co-chair of the International Commission on Global Governance; Jonas Salk, inventor of the Salk polio vaccine; M. S. Swaminathan, noted agricultural geneticist and president of the M. S. Swaminathan Foundation (India); and Vitaly Zhurkin, director, Institute of Europe (USSR).

Most conference sessions were held in the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Participants were housed in the nearby Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. There were approximately one hundred conference participants, in addition to numerous guests.