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U.N. reform: when you talk, will they listen?

Newsmaker Tedturner

When you talk, will this man listen? Let's find out on Tuesday.


What is your opinion of the United Nations? What kind of impact has it had on your country and people? How should it be reformed? Who should lead it?

Global Voices is hoping to share your views in a conversation with the U.N.'s largest private donor, media mogul Ted Turner- a.k.a. “The Mouth of the South.”

HOW TO JOIN US ONLINE: On Tuesday September 19th at 4pm New York time, 19:00 20:00 GMT (please note corrected time!), Ted Turner will sit down with Reuters journalist Paul Holmes and conduct a conversation which will be webcast live online around the world. Click here to watch the webcast and read more about the event.

HOW TO SHARE YOUR QUESTIONS AND VIEWS: As you watch or listen, you can join the discussion by clicking here and participating in a live online chat. I will be in the room, along with Caribbean editor Georgia Popplewell Alice Backer, and Kamla Bhatt. The four of us will be raising our hands aggressively to ask questions on your behalf.

HAVE MORE IMPACT BY BLOGGING: A great way to help influence the conversation is by blogging your views on the subject before the event even starts. Please tell us what questions Paul Holmes ought to be asking Ted Turner, and what you think the conversation should focus on. When you write your blog post, please be sure to tag it with “gv-un” in Technorati and/or del.icio.us. Or share the link with us as trackback to this post, or paste it in the comments section of this post.

Here is the text of the Reuters blurb announcing the event:

As the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York this September, Reuters invites you to glean insight into the United Nations. This Reuters Newsmaker features A Conversation with Ted Turner. Nearly a decade ago, Turner pledged to donate $1 billion through the UN Foundation for United Nations programs over a ten-year period. As that anniversary approaches, Paul Holmes, Reuters Political and General News Editor, will sit down with Turner to discuss his investment, his views of the current state of the United Nations, and what’s next for the often controversial organization. The audience will participate in the conversation through an open microphone session followed by a reception.

Note that Turner has some fairly strong criticisms of big U.S. media. He has said that if he was still running CNN, he would do some things differently and focus more on international news.

Is the legendary “Mouth of the South” as good at listening to and conversing with people from around the world as he is at broadcasting his own views?? Let's put him to the test. It should be interesting.

6 comments

  • Lou and Gloria A. Cook

    Admire the effort you are putting into saving the Earth. Feel money being feed through the UN is going into the wrong Hands. There has been so many volunteers killed by radicals led by dishonest leaders. Our daughter works at Wrangell St. Elias in Glennallen, Alaska. Her friends are playing background Music for her lecture in the Anchorage Area.

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    Global Voices co-founder Rebecca MacKinnon, yours truly and Francophonia editor Alice Backer cuddle the trophy
    I know that for some this is very stale news, but Global Voices won the Knight-Batten award today! So proud to be a part of this. Big congr…

  • […] Leo saa kumi jioni kutakuwa na majadiliano kuhusu mageuzi ndani ya Umoja wa Mataifa (au kwa jina jingine: Umoja wa Marekani na wenzake wachache). Mahojiano hayo yataendeshwa na  mhariri wa masuala ya siasa wa shirika la habari la Uingereza, Reuters, Paul Holmes. Holmes atakuwa akimhoji Ted Turner, mwanzilishi wa shirika kubwa la uongo duniani la CNN. Karibu miaka kumi iliyopita Ted Turner alitoa dola bilioni moja kwa ajili ya kusaidia Umoja wa Mataifa. Mahojiano hayo, au tuseme mazungumzo hayo yatahusu miaka kumi baada ya mchango wake huo (hakuna mtu binafsi ambaye amewahi kutoa fedha nyingi kiasi hiki kwa Umoja wa Mataifa) na mambo mengine yanayohusu vyombo vya habari. (bonyeza hapo chini umalize kusoma habari hii).Mradi wa Global Voices, ambao una uhusiano wa karibu na Reuters, utashiriki katika tukio hili. Baadhi ya wanablogu wake, nikiwa mmojawapo, watakuwa wanaandika habari zinazohusiana na Umoja wa Mataifa katika blogu zao na habari hizo zitatokea katika tovuti ya Reuters. Pia tutakuwa tukifuatilia mazungumzo hayo kupitia webukasti na pia IRC. Bonyeza hapa uone tovuti hiyo ya Reuters. Kona ya wanablogu iko chini kabisa. Pia baadhi ya wanablogu wa Global Voices watakuwepo hapo New York wakiwakilisha maswali na hoja za wana jumuiya wa Global Voices. Hata wewe unaweza kushiriki: kwa kutazama kupitia webukasti, IRC, au kutuma maswali ambayo ungependa Ted Turner aulizwe. Bonyeza hapa uone ushiriki wa Global Voices na jinsi wewe unavyoweza kushiriki. Bonyeza hapa kama unapenda kutuma maswali yako. […]

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  • […] Mr. Ted Turner of the UN Foundation is speaking at Reuters in New York at 4 pm this afternoon. You can send in your questions or watch the event live via webcast as Rebecca MacKinnon of Global Voices writes in her post. I am part of the Global Voices team that will be live at Reuters this afternoon at 4 pm to listen to Mr. Turner speak. This is an important week in New York with the UN opening its General Assembly session today by President George Bush. […]

  • […] Nia kubwa ya makampuni ya kibiashara ni kuzalisha faida. Lakini, je makampuni haya yana wajibu wowote kwa jamii? Dhana inayoelekea kupata nguvu sana siku hizi iitwayo “corporate social responsibility” inaelezea wajibu wa kijamii ambao makampuni yanapaswa kuwa nao.  Baada ya mjadala kuhusu Umoja wa Mataifa (mwanamuziki Fela Kuti alikuwa akiuita umoja huu: Dis-United United Nations!) mwezi wa tisa mwaka huu, shirika la habari la Uingereza, Reuters, litaendesha mjadala mwingine leo kuhusu hii dhana ya uwajibikaji wa kijamii kwa makampuni ya kibiashara. (bonyeza hapo chini umalize kusoma habari hii) […]

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