16-31 January 2007



Holocaust Remembrance Day (29 January):

The 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, Outreach Division.

  • Activities

29 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.

Contact: specialprojects2@un.org, or call Marc 917-367-5841.

30 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: wichmann@un.org)

31 January (6:00 p.m. DHL Auditorium): Screening of Volevo solo Vivere (I Only Wanted to Live), directed by Mimmo Calopresti (Limited seating: sura@un.org)

1 February (6:00 p.m. DHL Auditorium): Screening of Nazvy svoie im'ia (Spell Your Name), directed by Serhiy Bukovsky (Limited seating: sura@un.org)

2 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.

Currently 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.

18 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.

Contact: arnesen@un.org


Thirty-seventh 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:
or Contact: mcguffie@un.org

ECOSOC election:

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.


The Development 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.

Contact: wallt@un.org







  • New TV programme:

UNTV 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 Daljit Dhaliwal.

Contact: petitc@un.org

  • New video products:

21st Century: No. 01 : Stolen Childhoods: Child Brides in Ethiopia (8'39"); Migration: The Hard Road Through Mexico (6'29"); and Laos: The War on Drugs (7'02")

UN in Action :

No. 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")

Contact: barkley@un.org


Algeria: Outreach event and drawing competition on the MDGs (Larbäa, 22 January 2007).

Belgium: Address to the opening session of the EU-UNA Liaison Group meeting (Brussels, 21 January 2007).

Brazil: 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).

Burkina Faso: Screening of the "Year in Review 2006" on National TV (16 January 2007).

Czech 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).

Egypt: Briefing on "UN Humanitarian Aid, Development and Politics", in cooperation with UNICEF and WFP (Al-Sawy Cultural Wheel, Cairo, 21 January 2007).

France: Launch of UNEP Billion Tree Campaign (Paris, 18 January 2007).

Japan: Briefing by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), organized by UNIC (Tokyo, 25 or 26 January 2007).

Poland: 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).

Russia: 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 January 2007).

United 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).

Thailand: Sports Day to promote inter-agency cooperation, organized by the UN System (Bangkok, 23 January 2007).

Website: http://www.un.org/aroundworld/unics

Contact: mihalic@un.org


Book 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.

Contact: nandoe@un.org

Children's 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:


Contact: ueki@un.org

New 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 (200-2002).

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