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Doha Forum's 2nd Session:Art & Technology in the Service of Development

9 - 5 - 2011
The second session of the 11th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade has discussed the role of Art and Technology in the Service of Development . A number of international senior officials and intellectuals attended the session which was moderated by Mr. Richard Koshalek, Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. Among speakers who addressed the session were ,,h Ms. Michaelle Jean, Special Envoy for Haiti for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, former Governor-General of Canada. h Mr. Wyclef Jean, Singer, Musician, Producer ?V Haiti. h Ms. Gina Diez Barroso, founder of the University of Centro, Mexico h Mr. Salah Stetie, Writer and Poet, former Lebanese Ambassdor h Mr. Jean Plantureux, Cartoonist, Le Monde Newspaper, France . The topics of Discussion included the Cultural diplomacy and its importance in international relations h Artistic creativity as an engine of social change and a tool to fight poverty. The media''s role in the revolutions of the people and political change , the Contribution of art in the reconstruction of the affected areas , the Organization and political struggle over the web h Technology as a tool for communication between people and the promotion of world peace.

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