Date: February 2010. 2011

Venue: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles


Neal Baer, Executive Producer and Showrunner of Law & Order: SVU

Maria Bello, Actor and Human Rights Activist

Don Cheadle, Actor

Michael Douglas, Actor

Terry George, Director

Djimon Hounsou, Actor and Activist

Larry King, former CNN anchor

Edward Norton, Actor

Julia Ormond, Actor and Founder/President of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking

Rajendra Pachauri, Nobel Prize Winner

Gloria Reuben, Actor and Activist

Mira Sorvino, Actor

Charlize Theron, Actress and UN Messenger of Peace

Stevie Wonder, Singer and UN Messenger of Peace

Event Summary:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior UN officials met with film and television industry professionals in Los Angeles to explore ways in which the United Nations and the creative community could join forces to raise awareness and mobilize the public around global issues. The 2010 visit featured a one-on-one conversation between the Secretary-General and UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas, as well as panel discussions on the theme of “Empowering Women”. The theme of the 2011 visit was "The Environment and Climate Change" and opened with a one-on-one conversation between the Secretary-General and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Don Cheadle. The day-long programme was moderated by former CNN anchor Larry King; speakers included UN Messengers of Peace Charlize Theron and Wangari Maathai and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Edward Norton.

CCOI’s Role:

CCOI participated in the logistical planning of the forum.

Related UN Issues:

Sustainable Development Goals - #5 Gender Equality, #13 Climate Action, and #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Human Rights