Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 04, 2007 11:51 ET

Media Advisory: The Governor General Heads to Prague to Take Part in the Prestigious Forum 2000 Conference

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2007) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Jean-Daniel Lafond will be in Prague, Czech Republic, from October 7 to 9, 2007, for Forum 2000. The Governor General will deliver the conference's opening speech and take part in plenary sessions.

The Forum 2000 was founded in 1996 as a joint initiative of then-Czech President Václav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. These conferences are forums for reflection and dialogue on the challenges society is currently facing and the prevention of religious, cultural and ethnic conflicts. This year's theme is "Freedom and Responsibility," and participants include the Honourable Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, Christiane Amanpour, international correspondent for CNN, and a number of other key figures.

At the same time, His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond has been invited to present his film, American Fugitive: The Truth About Hassan, at the Prague Film Academy. After screening the film, students, filmmakers, and professors will take part in a discussion on film and cinematography.

Their Excellencies' visit will end with a meeting with President Václav Klaus. There have been diplomatic ties between Canada and the Czech Republic since 1920.

Here is an itinerary of the public events planned:



Sunday, October 7

7:00 p.m.
Opening ceremony of the Forum 2000 Conference
The Governor General will give a speech at the opening ceremony, which is
entitled "Freedom and responsibility."
Prague Crossroads (former St. Anne's Church)
OPEN TO MEDIA

Monday, October 8
10:00 a.m.
Forum 2000 conference
The Governor General will take part in a number of the conference's plenary
sessions.
Location will vary according to session
OPEN TO MEDIA

3:00 p.m.
Screening of American Fugitive: The Truth About Hassan and discussion
Their Excellencies will attend a screening of the film American Fugitive:
The Truth About Hassan by His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond, and then take
part in a discussion on cinematography and the common challenge of
presenting fiction versus reality.
Prague Film Academy, Smetanovo, nábrezi 2, 116 65 Prague 1
OPEN TO MEDIA

Tuesday, October 9

10:00 a.m.
Forum 2000 conference
The Governor General will take part in a number of the conference's
plenary sessions.
Location will vary according to session
OPEN TO MEDIA

12:30 p.m.
Private meeting with President Václav Klaus
The Governor General and the Czech President will hold a private meeting
to discuss the important ties that exist between Canada and the
Czech Republic.
Prague Castle
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY


For more information on the Forum 2000 conference, please visit http://www.forum2000.cz/.

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