Summit Replay Listing
Ambassador John McDonald tells us the story about his writing of the U.N. Resolution that created the International Day of Peace. We will then hear about Beyond Right & Wrong -- a powerful documentary film seven years in the making. Filmmaker Lekha Singh presents the stories of people who have experienced loss and the stories of people who have caused that loss. From the Rwandan Genocide, to fighting in Northern Ireland, to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, people from different sides of the violence have entrusted all of us with their stories—their anger or remorse, their pain, their paths to recovery. Mitch Warner will tell us how The Arbinger Institute has created the Beyond Right & Wrong: Group and Self-Study Guide to accompany the film to help viewers continue the conversation after the film.
Filmmaker and photographer Lekha Singh’s work offers insight into the human condition around the world. Beyond Right & Wrong is Lekha’s directorial debut, for which she received Cause Brands’ 2014 Snowball Influencer Award. This life-changing documentary has won many awards (Best Avant Garde Film, American Psychological Association; Best Documentary Film, Fingal Film Festival; Runner-up for Best Documentary, LA Jewish Film Festival; Social Impact Award, The Collective) and garnered worldwide attention. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the film to the General Assembly before they adopted a far-reaching resolution for the peaceful mediation of conflict. Lekha was also an executive producer for the documentaries Midway and the Academy Award nominee Square.
Ambassador John W. McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert and peacebuilder, concerned about world social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his diplomatic career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for sixteen years on United Nations economic and social affairs. He is currently chairman and co-founder (1992) of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, in Washington D.C., which focuses on national and international ethnic conflicts, including the Millennium goals of clean drinking water and sanitation. He also is UNEP's North American Representative to the International Environmental Governance Advisory Group.
Ambassador McDonald holds both a B.A. and a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois, and graduated from the National War College in 1967. He has written and co-edited ten books and numerous articles on negotiation and conflict resolution, and makes more than 100 speeches a year. He was appointed Ambassador twice by President Carter and twice by President Reagan to represent the United States at various UN World Conferences.