The European Launch of the Diplomat’s Handbook has been scheduled for the 28 June closing dinner of the “Human Rights Today: 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” conference in Estoril, Portugal. Portuguese Secretary of State Dr. Joao Cravinho will preside over the launch; Dick Rowson, President of the Council of a Community of Democracies (CCD), will present the Handbook and describe plans for its use by Community of Democracies (CD)member governments and civil society.
The “Human Rights Today: 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” conference will be chaired by Joao Carlos Espada of the Catholic University (Portugal). Mr. Espada is also a member of the nongovernmental International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies.
A follow up report on the European launch will be posted in early July. At a meeting of the CD Convening Group at the Portuguese Embassy earlier this week Ambassador De Vallera indicated that he is planning a launch in Washington at his residence in the early fall.