Remembrance Day (29 January):
International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the
Holocaust (29 January) will be observed at UNHQ with a week-long programme,
including a ceremony in the General Assembly Hall (see list of activities
below). In light of the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities, the observance will also focus on persons with disabilities
as one of the many victim groups of the Nazi regime. DPI will launch
a new outreach tool containing survivor testimony and resources for
Member States, educators and UNICs called, Electronic Notes for
Speakers, created for the UN by Yad Vashem, the Shoah Foundation
Institute for Visual History and Education and the Memorial de la
Shoah. It will be available at http://www.un.org/holocaustremembrance.
The week-long observance is organized by DPI’s Advocacy Unit,
January (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. General Assembly Hall and
Conference Room 2): Ceremony and “Remembrance and Beyond” lecture.
It will include a keynote address by Madame Simone Veil, President
of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah and a Holocaust survivor,
and address by a university student on the importance of learning
about the Holocaust. HaZamir, the International Jewish High School
Chamber Choir, will perform.
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January (6:00 p.m.):
Exhibits opening, “The Holocaust Against the Sinti and Roma and Present
Day Racism in Europe” and Holocaust survivor art. (By invitation only:
January (6:00 p.m. DHL Auditorium): Screening of Volevo solo
Vivere (I Only Wanted to Live), directed by Mimmo Calopresti (Limited
1 February (6:00 p.m. DHL Auditorium): Screening
of Nazvy svoie im'ia (Spell Your Name), directed by Serhiy Bukovsky
(Limited seating: firstname.lastname@example.org)
February: Publication of the third Holocaust and Genocide
discussion paper titled, “Hitler, Pol Pot and Hutu Power: Distinguishing
Themes of Genocidal Ideology”, by Professor Ben Kiernan, Director,
Genocide Studies Programme, Yale University.
29 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.
on display through
31 January (North East Gallery): "Weltanschauung: Visions
of the World" - An anthology by international artists, philosophers,
Literature Nobel Laureates, statesmen and spiritual leaders presented
by the Goethe-Institut Palermo, in cooperation with the Department
of Public Information.
January - 16 February (South Gallery): (North East 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 CEDAW: The Development Section
will be covering the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination
against Women (CEDAW), which holds its 37th session at UNHQ from 17
January - 2 February. During its three-week session, the Committee
will spend two weeks in open meetings engaging in “constructive
dialogue” with 15 reporting countries, followed by one week
of closed meetings to formulate its “concluding comments”,
which will be given to each State individually sometime after the
close of the session. A DPI advance press release was issued on 12
January. Please visit:
The incoming president of the Economic and Social Council
will be elected on 17 January. The Development Section will assist
the president's introduction to the UN press corps as a guest at the
18 January noon briefing of the Spokesperson of the General Assembly,
and provide press materials.
Section is assisting the UN's Non-Governmental Liaison service with
a press release launching a new UN sales publication, Debating
NGO accountability. The 19 January launch will be marked by a
panel discussion, involving author Jem Bendell by videolink. How and
why NGOs should be taken seriously as authoritative, sufficiently
transparent organizations, and what they can do to facilitate this
acceptance, are among the themes explored.
PRODUCTS AND NEWS
is launching 21st Century, a new monthly 26-minute TV news
magazine show, which will put a spotlight on the world's most underreported
stories. Each episode features character-driven, human interest stories
that reflect some of the most important issues affecting the world
today. Presented as a fully-packaged programme, 21st Century
incorporates narrative storytelling with balanced, accurate reporting.
The programme is hosted by internationally-renowned British journalist
01 : Stolen Childhoods: Child Brides in Ethiopia (8'39"); Migration:
The Hard Road Through Mexico (6'29"); and Laos: The War on Drugs
in Action :
1053: Bahraini Women: Making History (4'51")
No. 1054: Alliance of Civilizations: Reducing Tensions Between Muslim
and Western Nations (3'27")
No. 1055: Nicosia Landmine Free Thanks to UN-EU Project (3'17")
No. 1056: Solving a Delicate Issue in Cyprus: The Whereabouts of the
Island's Two Thousand Missing Persons
No. 1057: Uganda Abductions (2'26")
AROUND THE WORLD
Algeria: Outreach event and drawing competition on
the MDGs (Larbäa, 22 January 2007).
Address to the opening session of the EU-UNA Liaison Group meeting
(Brussels, 21 January 2007).
As part of the activities marking the International Day of Commemoration
in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, round table discussion
with the participation of local authorities and survivors of the Holocaust,
in cooperation with the Israelite Federation (Palacio Itamaraty, Rio
de Janeiro, 29 January 2007).
Faso: Screening of the "Year in Review 2006" on
National TV (16 January 2007).
Republic: Multimedia programme on UN peacekeeping
(Prague, 18 January) · On the occasion of the International Day of
Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, workshop
with the participation of survivors of the Holocaust, in cooperation
with the Jewish Museum (Prague, 26-27 January 2007).
Briefing on "UN Humanitarian Aid, Development and Politics", in cooperation
with UNICEF and WFP (Al-Sawy Cultural Wheel, Cairo, 21 January 2007).
Launch of UNEP Billion Tree Campaign (Paris, 18 January 2007).
Briefing by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC), organized by UNIC (Tokyo, 25 or 26 January
On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory
of the Victims of the Holocaust, launch of a national poster competition,
in cooperation with the Shalom Foundation (Warsaw, 27 January 2007).
Regional launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects Report
2007 (WESP) (Moscow, 24 January 2007)
Briefing to students from the Ulyanovsk State University on the United
Nations (Moscow, 30 January 2007) ·
Presentation of the Russian edition of "Le Monde Diplomatique", in
cooperation with Editor-in-Chief Vladislav Inozemtsev (Moscow, 31
States: Visit by the Secretary-General (Washington D.C, 16-17
January 2007) · Address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on
US-UN relations (Chicago, 18 January 2007).
Sports Day to promote inter-agency cooperation, organized
by the UN System (Bangkok, 23 January 2007).
signing at UN Bookshop:
(30 January, 1 to 3 pm): Zlata Filipovic, author of the international
best-seller Zlata’s Diary, and Melanie Challenger, writer
and activist for children of war, will sign copies of STOLEN VOICES:
Young People’s Diaries from World War I to Iraq.
writing competition on human rights and poverty:
Winners of the children's writing competition on the theme of Human
Rights and Poverty will be announced by the end of January. Background
information, including details of the writing competition, is available
on the official website:
staff at ICS: Paul Rwakibale has been appointed Finance Officer
in the Information Centres Service effective 1 January 2007. A national
of Uganda, Mr. Rwakibale has served as Finance Officer in the OCHA
Executive Office since 2004. He previously worked as Associate Finance
Officer with the Department of Management (2002-2004) and with ECA
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