The U Thant Institute will host its 7th annual Ambassadors' Luncheon at noon June 4, at the Brooklawn Country Club, 500 Algonquin Road.

The two main speakers, the Egyptian ambassador to the United Nations, Maged Abdelfattah Abdelaziz, and Ibrahim Gambari, under-secretary general of the UN and the secretary general's special representative in Darfur, will offer their thoughts on "The Path Toward Democracy and Freedom in Africa and the Middle East."

Before his appointment as Egypt's permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdelaziz was diplo­matic adviser to the president of Egypt and served as his official spokesman from 1999 to 2005. From 1997 to 1999, he served as deputy permanent representative of Egypt to the United Nations and principal representative of his nation in disarmament issues. He joined his country's diplomatic service in 1979.

Gambari of Nigeria serves as Joint African Union-United Nations special representative for Darfur. Previously, he was the secretary general's special adviser on the international compact with Iraq and other political issues.

The luncheon will also honor former United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali with its U Thant Award for World Peace. Boutros-Ghali is also the chairman of the Advisory Trustees of the U Thant Institute.

The program will be moderated by Joseph Baxer, executive director of the Intercultural Institute of Connecticut and president of the United Nations Association of Connecticut. Bill Hass, Westport resident and president of the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut, will be the master of ceremonies.

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