DIALOGUE & DISCUSSION PROGRAMME
Our Dialogue & Discussion Programme aims to transform public debate around key issues facing the country and identify creative solutions through seminars and discussions hosted in the neutral space of U Thant House and attended by leading politicians, policy-makers, and civil society figures as well as young people and emerging leaders.
As a centre for dialogue and discussion, U Thant House has hosted dozens of seminars and workshops annually with the aim of transforming public debate in Myanmar by providing a window onto global debates to enable new thinking about local challenges and new ways to reimagine the future.
Monitor global and Myanmar developments to identify timely and relevant topics for dialogue and match them with potential international speakers and resource persons.
Organize 6-10 seminars (15-30 people each) annually on Myanmar’s most pressing issues to encourage new approaches and “out of the box thinking”, with a focus on the changing global and regional context and on introducing ideas and experiences from around the world.
Carefully tailor seminars to encourage high-impact discussion through partnerships with Myanmar think tanks and research organizations, the inclusion of rising civil society leaders as well as established top policy-makers, and the participation of prominent international speakers.
Prepare special material (in Burmese as needed) to aid seminar discussions and to present complex issues in an accessible form making use of audio-visuals, info-graphics etc.
Host the annual U Thant Memorial Lecture, delivered by an internationally renowned figure (see page 6 for past lectures), with approximately 250 guests, including government ministers and other leading figures from across Myanmar’s political spectrum, business community, and civil society.