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TRUST ME PRESENTATION, 2011
United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

On the occasion of the release of the 2011 edition of Centerpoint Now, a publication of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, dedicated to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations initiative of Turkey and Spain, Gema Alava was invited to present her project Trust Me to the UN community, in the company of other contributors to the journal, followed by a reception. The Permanent Missions of Spain and Qatar, and the UN Alliance of Civilizations Secretariat will also be present as co-hosts and decided on this date as it coincides with a meeting of Member States belonging to the Alliance of Civilizations.

The event was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations, and co-hosted by the UN Alliance of Civilizations Secretariat. It took place on June 9, 2011, at the United Nations Headquartes in New York City.

Introductory panel:

-Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Quatar to the United Nations and president of the United Nations General Assembly
-Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations
-Ertugrul Apakan, Ambassador, of Turkey to the United Nations

Components of the panel moderated by Shamina de Gonzaga:

-Gema Alava, multidisciplinary artist
-Mark Scheuer, Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Secretariat
-Peri Uran, constitutional lawyer

"Whether civil society activists, diplomats, politicians, artists or achievers in other fields, whether skeptical or optimistic about the state the world is in, the people whose perspectives are highlighted in the following pages share a sense of courage and faith in the ability to realize one's self and make a difference." - Shamina de Gonzaga, Editor, Centerpoint Now

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c) Gema Alava 2008