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2013-2014 Humphrey Fellows to Attend the Global Leadership Forum on October 20, 2013

From October 20 to October 24, 2013, 180 Humphrey Fellows representing 93 countries attended the 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Global Leadership Forum, “Confronting Global Challenges: A Focus on Climate Change,” at the Key Bridge Marriot Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. During the five-day Forum, the Fellows focused on how global warming affects the world, their nations and even their professions.  They also explored the importance of developing leadership skills, managing change and making the most of their program year. 

Key leaders in the field were invited to address the critical aspects of climate change.  Additionally, Humphrey Alumni Illac Diaz and Dina Ranarifidy shared their experiences and offered words of advice from both from their own Fellowships and their work with climate change. During the Forum, Fellows took part in the annual Diplomatic Reception hosted by the U.S. Department of State, various discussions groups, and a group simulation exercise, which demonstrated the causes and effects of climate change. The results of the simulation highlighted how making changes now can dramatically reduce negative impacts in the future. Fellows also visited various organizations in the Washington, DC area that work to address climate change in a variety of ways, including the U.S. Green Building Council, Opower, the U.S. National Park Service and the USAID Office of Global Climate Change.  Representatives from the Department of State, as well as those from various organizations in the Fellows’ professional fields, interacted with Fellows throughout the event. 

The Forum is funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and organized by the Institute of International Education. 

In the image, the 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellows are gathered at the U.S. Capitol for a group photo.