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United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat.
The application process consists of an entrance examination, held once a year, and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise. All applicants must be 32 or younger, holding at least a bachelor's degree. 
YPP Examination Deadline: Tuesday, August 22nd
Special July  IVLP Delegation
British-American Parliamentary Group (BAPG): A Project for the United Kingdom on The U.S. Legislative Process

We are pound to announce that at the end of July, WorldBoston will be hosting eight members of the British parliament through the British-American Parliamentary Group.

 This group will be reviewing the institutions, processes, and traditions of the U.S. political system, the division of powers, and the U.S. electoral system at federal, state, and local levels. They will also examine state and local initiatives for regional economic development.

For more information on BAPG, please read here.

Dear Friends,

Today many of us participated in the excellent KNOW NOW conference call, "The Supreme Court & The Travel Ban", featuring Susan Cohen, the founder and chair of the immigration practice of Mintz, Levin. Co-hosted by WorldBoston and our national affiliate, the World Affairs Councils of America, the call will be available in coming days as a podcast on the WACA website -- where you can also find information about upcoming calls, such as the monthly "Cover to Cover" book series.  Check out WACA here.

July and August are high season for citizen diplomacy visitors at WorldBoston -- and we need your help! Please consider being a "dinner diplomat" by providing a meal and a visit in your home for members of visiting groups.  These hot-topic delegations on entrepreneurship and pharmaceuticals are from Indonesia and the West Bank, respectively. See below for more information about home hospitality and about our other upcoming delegations.

At the end of this month, we hope you will join us on July 26 for a special evening with visiting Saudi microbiologist Hosam Zowawi, who is internationally-recognized for developing faster "superbug" tests and raising awareness of antibiotic resistance.  The event will feature his remarks and a networking reception. Registration is required.

New and Returning Members

Many thanks to new and returning members in the past month:   Herbert Weiss, Sara Medina, Larry Lencz, Caitlin Chase, Sally Arnold, Lauren Scribi, Bayeh Tesfaye, and Ana Giron Vives!  You can learn  about WorldBoston membership  here.
Good luck Jeff and thank you Jim!
Finally, we are happy to report that Jeff Cymrot has been elected chair of the board of WorldBoston. He takes over from Jim Kaufman, who we're delighted will remain on the board.  The whole WorldBoston community owes its gratitude to both for their leadership and service to our mission of "fostering international engagement and global cooperation."
We hope to see you soon.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

p.s  It's not too early to think about the 8th Annual WorldBoston Consuls Reception, on October 19th! Sponsorships are now open, and we're delighted to welcome back Brandeis International Business School as a Presidential Sponsor.  Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, will keynote this landmark event in Boston's international calendar.  For more information on sponsorships, contact me at myntema@worldboston.org.

Save the Date: Wednesday, July 26th

Evening Reception with Microbiologist, Hosam Zowawi 

Join us for a free, evening reception and talk with microbiologist, Hosam Zowawi, in partnership with Washington, DC-based institution, Middle East Institute. Described as the "Superbug Fighter", according to National Geographic , Zowawi has examined antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a growing, global threat to public health. In his home country of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Persian Gulf, Zowawi is working to spread awareness of the threats and dangers associated with superbugs. He hopes to continue alerting the public of his research, hopefully  hitting 15 countries by the end of 2017.

Call for Dinner Diplomacy Hosts in July and August!

We are looking for interested and available hosts for our following delegations:
     Indonesia "Entrepreneurship Incubators" : Saturday July 22nd or Sunday July 23rd    10 people total (7 Indonesian visitors, 2 interpreters, 1 State Department liaison)
                    West Bank "The Pharmaceutical Industry" Sunday August 20th                                           7 people total (5 visitors, 2 interpreters)                       
Home hospitality involves hosting international visitors for dinner in your home (no overnight stay) and offers a unique chance for visitors to understand the culture of our community here in Boston.
Please contact Sarah Sibley via email or at (617)-542-8995 if interested and/or have any additional questions
Meet our upcoming international visitors:
A Project for Japan on Labor Policy and Gender Equality
July 15-19

A delegation from Japan will focus on labor policies and how they are applied in the U.S. The objectives of the visit will be to foster leadership, with a focus on diversity and women's empowerment; establish a network between U.S. and Japanese business promoting diversity; motivate and inspire female leaders; and support the inclusion of male leaders to introduce diversity.
A Regional Project for East Asia and the Pacific on Regional Responses to Migration Issues and Community Integration
July 18-22

A delegation of visitors representing 6 countries will examine procedures for adjusting the size of responses to the scale of the challenges caused by mass migration; work towards understanding the root causes of mass migrations; research best practices in government and organizations to ensure respect for due process and human rights; discuss methods for mitigating human trafficking to promote effective responses to the movements of people across borders; and look into best practices in community integration of migrants.
A Project for Pakistan on Pakistani Youth
July 20-22

A delegation from Pakistan will focus on religion, peace, and pluralism while in Boston. The objectives of the U.S. visit will be to increase capacity to counter violent extremist narratives with a focus on vulnerable populations; demonstrate the oversight role of the state in determining that instruction and socialization of students in private and faith-based schools meets state education standards; showcase religious and social diversity in the U.S.; and explore the role faith-based schools play in promoting interfaith dialogue and tolerance.

A Project for Indonesia on Entrepreneurship Incubators
July 20-26

A delegation from Indonesia will be focusing on university and venture capital supported entrepreneurship development, as well as state and local government support for entrepreneurs in Boston. The objectives of the U.S. visit will be to learn how entrepreneurial capitalism works in the American economy; examine models of entrepreneurship education; explore how entrepreneurs find new business opportunities and expand existing companies; assess the effects of trade liberalization in developing countries; and learn how government and nongovernment programs assist entrepreneurs.
 A Multi-Regional Project on The Role of NGOs in Promoting Women's Issues
July 29 - August 3

A delegation of visitors, representing 21 countries, will examine the diversity of the NGO sector within the U.S. and its function within a larger network of government, business, faith based organizations and academic entities working on women's issues; discuss the role and the relationship between NGOs and government at the federal, state, and local level in supporting domestic and global women's issues; explore the intersectionality of the challenges facing women, focusing on the work of NGOs addressing these issues; and review the methods and best practices used by NGOs to empower women and girls to advocate for themselves.
A Project for Russia on Empowering Communities to Prevent Radicalization
July 30 - August 2

A group from Russia will examine best practices for engaging youth to counter violent extremism; explore means for establishing cooperative relationships with local government, law enforcement, administrators and news media; assess methods of promoting interethnic and inter religious tolerance as an alternative to hate, violence, and radicalization; and analyze challenges that minority and religious organizations have faced in unfriendly environments and advocacy techniques employed on their behalf.
The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program and WorldBoston's main citizen diplomacy partner. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

The U.S. Department of State's bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agencies, a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., that design and implement national IVLP itineraries. In addition to the National Program Agencies, the IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of local community organizations across the U.S., known as Centers for International Visitors (CIVs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CIV members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.

WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CIVs in 45 states.