annual United Nations documentary film festival
celebration of the Millennium Development Goals, DPI and the Media
Communications Association-International New York (MCAI) are inviting
filmmakers from or contracted by United Nations offices, funds, programmes,
and agencies to submit entries to the third UN documentary film festival.
There is no charge to submit an entry. Selected entries will be screened
in the Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12 Street, New
York, NY 10011, and announced to the media. Call for Entries Deadline:
7 February 2007; Selections Announced: 12 March 2007; Exhibition Copies
Due: 26 March 2007.
Film submissions and forms must be received in the Public Inquiries
Unit, GA-057 by 5:00 p.m. EST, on 7 February 2007.
screening on holocaust
part of the Holocaust Remembrance Week (29 January - 2 February ),
DPI, in association with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, will
present "Nazvy svoie im'ia (Spell Your Name)" in
the DHL auditorium on 1 February at 6:00 p.m. The film, directed by
Sergey Bukovsky, recounts the story of people who escaped execution
and others who rescued neighbours during the Holocaust in Ukraine.
concert commemorating holocaust (5 February)
“Holocaust and the United Nations” outreach programme
is collaborating with the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation
on a concert at Carnegie Hall (5 February at 8:00 p.m.) to commemorate
the Holocaust and to recognize those who displayed extraordinary courage
to save Jews from genocide during World War II. USG Shashi Tharoor
will read an excerpt from documentation that highlights the actions
taken by the National Assembly of Bulgaria to prevent the deportation
of Bulgarian Jews. The Partners of Hope concert will feature the Westfield
Symphony Orchestra and the Bulgarian soprano Anna Veleva.
For tickets, please write to the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation
at email@example.com or call 212-737-3275.
and other educational activities
- In-House Briefing Programmes
Committee on Teaching About the UN (CTAUN) - a group of 500 participants,
mostly educators and administrators, will attend the 9th Annual Conference
on the theme: "Responding to Children and Youth in Crisis: Educators
in Partnership with the UN" (2 February);
SUNY New Paltz- A group of 17 undergraduate students
enrolled in a UN semester course. Students will participate in a series
of briefings every Friday from 9 February - 4 May with UN officials,
NGOs, and Delegations;
- Outside Speaking Engagements
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. "Security
Council Reform" (5 February);
Baur Int'l Model UN Conference- Juriquilla-Queretaro, Mexico. "Keynote
Speaker" (9 February);
International Institute of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. "Energy"
(12 -13 February);
Columbia University, New York. "Islamophobia" (12 February);
Global Education Motivators- Part 1 of a four part series. "The
United Nations: Myth vs Reality" (7 February);
January - 22 February (Main Gallery): A two-part exhibition
in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory
of the victims of the Holocaust: "The Holocaust Against the Roma
and Sinti and present day racism in Europe, and "Remembrance
and Beyond: Art of the Survivors" -- an exhibit featuring artwork
by Holocaust survivors Joseph Bau, Henny de Brito, David Friedman
and Hanka Kornfeld-Marder. Sponsored by the Documentation and Cultural
Centre of German Sinti and Roma and DPI.
18 January - 16 February (South Gallery): "Burundi:
from Conflict to Peacebuilding" - A photographic exhibition highlighting
the achievements of the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB),
sponsored by DPKO and DPI.
MEETINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
session of Commission on Social Development:
Development Section will cover the annual session of the Commission
for Social Development (4 - 17 February, Conference Room 4) with a
Civil Society Forum on 6 February. The meeting will address employment,
ageing, disability and youth, as well as this year's priority theme,
“Promoting full employment and decent work for all”. Participants
include South Africa’s Labour Minister, who will deliver the
keynote address on 7 February, Mauritius' Minister of Social Security
and Barbados' Central Bank Governor. Panel discussions will address
macroeconomic policy and good practices for full employment and decent
work, labour mobility, youth and families, ageing and the forthcoming
World Youth Report 2007. Lunchtime side events are being organized
by Germany, Finland, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
and others. A DPI background press release will be issued this week.
activities include: Press briefing on full employment and
decent work (7 February, 1:15 PM). Speakers: Commission Chair and
Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi; Barbados
Central Bank Governor Ms. Marion Williams; and a speaker to be announced.
on economic liberalization and inequality (9 February, 11:15 AM).
ASG for Economic Development Jomo Kwame Sundaram and economist Jacques
Baudot will present their new book, "Flat World, Big Gaps:
Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty and Inequality"
(416 pp., Orient Longman, 2007).
Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,
Signing Ceremony in Paris (6 February): A ceremony to officially
open for signature the International Convention for the Protection
of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (see full text at www.ohchr.org/english/law/disappearance-convention.htm)
will take place in Paris on Tuesday 6 February. An op-ed by the High
Commissioner for Human Rights has been drafted by the OHCHR and is
available in English. Guidance has been sent to UNICs and a press
release will be available by 2 February to assist with local promotion.
UNICs Beirut and Cairo have coordinated the preparation of information
materials (including brochure, poster and TV spot) and press events
for UN-ESCWA's National Conference “Integrated Social Policies
in Egypt” (Cairo, 5-8 February). The conference is being held
under the auspices of Egypt's First Lady and is organized jointly
by ESCWA, Ministry of Social Solidarity and UNDP. Opening and closing
press conferences will be organized by UNIC Cairo.
change: The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) will release the first of its four-part assessment report on
Friday, 2 February in Paris. The first part of the report, on the
physical science, will assess the extent to which climate change is
taking place and forecasts future trends. DPI is working with IPCC
and other UN agencies to help disseminate information about the report.
The other parts of the IPCC assessment will focus on the impact of
climate (in April), mitigation (May) and a synthesis report that will
be released in November.
NEW AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTS
New video products: 21st Century (series):
#02 --Domestic Violence: Honduras Fights Back (6'43"); Aftershock:
The Earthquake in Pakistan (7'21"); Against All Odds: Kakenya's
AROUND THE WORLD
Educational outreach event with the participation of some 120 middle
school students (Brazzaville, 8 February).
REPUBLIC: A series of educational and interactive outreach
programmes titled "Hannah’s Suitcase", with participation
of survivors of the Holocaust (Prague, 1-8 February); • Seminar
on illegal migration in the Czech Republic (Prague, 6 February); •
Lecture-discussion on “UN Challenges in the 21st century”
and “UN Peacekeeping” for students of Caritas College
(Olomouc, 6 February); • New issue of UN Bulletin, UNIC’s
monthly publication in Czech (15 February).
CAMEROON: Youth forum to celebrate the National Youth
Day, 11 February (Yaounde, 8 February); • Educational outreach
events at high schools (Yaounde, 13 February); • UN PRESS CLUB
“rencontre” on CEDAW 37th Session outcomes (Buea, 14-16
Briefing by UNIC Director to UNICEF staff on “United Nations
image in Egypt and the region - Challenges and Opportunities”
(Cairo, 1 February).
Lecture by UNRIC Desk Officer on “The work of DPI and UNRIC”
at the University of Berlin. (Berlin, 1 February).
Event organized by UNIC Accra to hand over donations by UN staff
to inmates of Weija Leprosium (Accra, 15 February).
Media Training Workshop for UNCT and UNCG-India (New Delhi, 12-14
Symposium on "The United Nations and the Challenges to Global
Governance in the 21st Century” organized in collaboration with
the University of Lagos (Lagos, 8 February).
Press conference by members of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries
as a means of violating human rights, and impeding the exercise
of the rights of people to self-determination (Lima, 2 February).
Inauguration of a painting exhibition with works of prominent local
artists Georgiana Manea and Cristi Suteu (Bucharest, 1 February).
The exhibition runs until 9 February. · Joint presentation
by UNIC with UN agencies on human rights and UN reform to students
of University of Bucharest (Bucharest, 7 February).
Inaugural meeting of the UN Communications Group-Russia in 2007
(Moscow, 1 February); · Briefing on the “G-8 Presidency
passing from Russia to Germany" with participation of Yuri
Isakov, Ambassador-at-large, Russian Foreign Ministry (Moscow, 5
AFRICA: Workshop on gender opportunities in peacekeeping,
hosted by the Government of South Africa (Pretoria, 7-9 February);
· Discussions on the implementation of UN Development Assistance
Framework (Cape Town, 6-8 February); · Tenth Inter-Agency
Round Table on Communication for Development (Addis Ababa, 12-14
February). UNIC Information Officer will participate. · Lecture
by UNIC Director on “Small Arms” at an event organized
by Cease-fire Campaign NGO (Johannesburg, 14 February).
Interactive session and exhibition at Mahidol University International
College Job Fair 2007, organized by UNIS and ESCAP (Bangkok, 1 February).
for Spanish-speaking librarians: The Dag Hammarskjöld
Library and Knowledge Sharing Centre will hold a workshop entitled
" The United Nations Workshop for Spanish-speaking Librarians
in the Caribbean Region : Accessing United Nations Information and
Documentation" in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, 30 January
- 2 February 2007. The workshop is organized with the support of the
United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR) and
of the United Nations Information Centre in Mexico City, sponsored
by the Government of the Dominican Republic .
CTAUN conference : Educational materials will be distributed
at the Education Outreach Section table to 400 plus teachers at the
Info Fair for the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN).
EOS will have a booth where UN Works and CyberSchoolBus will make
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