Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre will host the Symposium. Here he is visiting the Tahrir Square in Cairo in March this year. 
Photo: Frode Overland Andersen, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre will host the Symposium. Here he is visiting the Tahrir Square in Cairo in March this year. Photo: Frode Overland Andersen, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Trygve Lie Symposium 2011: Fundamental freedoms

Last updated: 9/16/2011 // What role can social media play in order to promote democracy and human rights? This is the theme for the fourth Trygve Lie Symposium which takes place on the same day as the opening of the 66th UN General Assembly in New York.

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has brougth together human rights activists with experience from Egypt and Syria, a key representative from Twitter Inc. and a few of his colleagues from Jordan, Indonesia, Sweden and the United States to debate at the International Peace Institute in New York.

  • The debate is webcast live on Wednesday 21 September, at. 1 PM, New York time via this link.

Sixty years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, technological development and the emergence of social media have opened for an explosive growth in the access individuals have to information and their capacity for public expression.

The democratic upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa showed to the full how social media like Facebook and Twitter, as well as personal and political blogs, are used for social and political mobilization.

While these tools are used to promote democracy and human rights, they are also used by the authorities to control and manipulate the population. Irresponsible use can also contribute to undermine the democracy.

The goal for this year's Trygve Lie Symposium is to create room for debate about both the enormous opportunities and significant challenges that social media represents when it comes to the promotion of democracy, freedom of expression and human rights.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Marty Natalegawa, Foreign Minister, Indonesia
  • Nasser Judeh, Foreign Minister, Jordan
  • Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister, Sweden
  • Maria Otero, Director General, State Department, USA
  • Nora Younis, Human Rights Activist, journalist and blogger, Egypt
  • Wissam Tarif, Activist in the Arabic World for Avaaz, former director of the Human Rights Organisation INSAN
  • Claire Diaz Ortiz, leads social innovation and philanthropy at Twitter

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