ADC Session Panel: Palestine and the United Nations

A Talk with Palestine’s Ambassador to the UN

Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at 10:45AM – 12:00PM at Marriot Wardman Park Hotel

Washington, DC | | September 13, 2017 – ADC is pleased to announced that Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, State of Palestine Ambassador to the UN, will headline our Palestine Session at the ADC National Convention in an one-on-one conservation with Palestinian journalist and scholar Said Arikat on Palestine’s UN initiatives.

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Born in Ramallah to a refugee family, Dr. Riyad H. Mansour was appointed Ambassador and Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (UN) in 2005; a title that was changed to State of Palestine in November 2012 after Palestine was admitted as a “non-Member Observer State” by the UN General Assembly. Dr. Mansour started his diplomatic career in 1983 as the Deputy Permanent Observer of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the UN.   Dr. Mansour moved to the U.S. in 1967 and obtained his Doctorate in Philosophy in Counseling from the University of Akron in Ohio in 1977.

Said Arikat is the Washington correspondent for the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds. For several years, he was the UN’s chief spokesman in Iraq. An adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., he teaches courses on the role of media in society. Arikat is a frequent guest on news programs and on the lecture circuit in the U.S. and abroad.


Afterwards, we invite Convention attendees to join us at our annual Palestine Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.

This year, we are honored to announce that the Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Ahmad Tibi, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset (Israeli parliament). Dr. Tibi was a political advisor to the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, and was part of the Palestinian delegation to the 1998 Wye River negotiations. First elected to the Knesset in 1999, he has served in every consecutive Knesset and is currently a member of the Joint List of Arab parties.

At the Luncheon, we will also be recognizing Palestinian rights activist, scholar and journalist Phyllis Bennis with the 2017 Rachel Corrie Award, an annual award given to a person who has shown dedication and commitment to a just and lasting peace in Palestine. This year’s award will be given to Ms. Bennis in recognition of her decades of honest reporting, activism, legal work, and advocacy in support of the Palestinian people.

Admission to the Panel and Luncheon is included in the ADC Convention registration. Click here now to register for the Convention!

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