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DaimlerChrysler Convenes Youth Conference and Awards Program


DaimlerChrysler AG and the German United Nations Association celebrated the academic contributions of young students recently in the fields of labour, the environment, and human rights. They were the recipients of the "DaimlerChrysler Young Elites Award – A Contribution to the Global Compact," presented at an international conference held from 28-30 November in Berlin and Slubice.

The Collegium Polonicum in Slubice served as co-sponsor of the event, which was attended by 51 selected students and young graduates from 17 nations. The keynote speaker for the conference was Wolfgang Thierse, the President of the German Bundestag, addressed "The dialogue between cultures in a globalized world."

According to its organizers, the conference aspired to provide a forum of cooperation for future decision makers and to enhance sensitivity for the responsible use of resources and power. The event was also designed to be a contribution to the Global Compact, a signature initiative of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

"As a globally active company we are aware of our social and political responsibility and support the United Nations initiative," said Matthias Kleinert, DaimlerChrysler Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Public Policy. "The tremendously positive response to last year's 'International Dialogue for Young Elites' made us decide to award a DaimlerChrysler prize this year for the best three projects from the fields of human rights, labor and the environment."

"With this conference," explained, Dr. Christine Kalb, Chairperson of the Berlin-Brandenburg branch of the DGVN, "we want to promote dialogue between young people from different cultures and take steps towards a universal understanding of the concept of responsibility."