DPI Updates

16-31 October 2006  

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UN Day Concert, 25 October

The 2006 United Nations Day Concert at Headquarters (UNGA Hall, 25 October, 7:00 p.m.) will feature the 62-member National Symphony Orchestra of Greece (NSO) conducted by Steven White and Andreas Pylarinos. The NSO will present the poetry of Odysseus Elytis (Nobel Literature Laureate, 1979), Georges Seferis (Nobel Literature Laureate, 1963) and C. P. Cavafy set to music by composers Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Spyridon Samaras, Dimitris Laghios and Dimitris Papadimitriou. The internationally-renowned tenor Rolando Villazón will be the soloist. There will be three more soloists from Greece - Foteini Darras, Tasos Apostolou and Andreas Smyrnakis.

Contact: specialprojects2@un.org

Screening of "At the glass building" (18 October)

NMD will screen "At the Glass Building, the history of the UN told by its Secretaries-General, on
18 October at 6:00 p.m.in the DHL Auditorium. Two parts of the film will be shown: Boutros Boutros-Ghali: the stormy years, and Kofi Annan - As long as the day lasts. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Participants will include Sir Brian Urquhart (former USG), Stephen Schlesinger (author) and Romuald Sciora (producer of the film). USG Shashi Tharoor will moderate the discussion.

Cartooning for Peace (16 -26 October, South Gallery)

"Cartooning for Peace" is an exhibition of cartoons by international artists highlighting how the medium of cartoons can promote and nurture peace . The exhibit is linked to the DPI "Unlearning Intolerance" seminar on the same subject. The exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Public Information, Saint-Just le Martel Association and cartoonist Plantu.

Michael Douglas to be honoured

UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas will be honoured by the UN Association of Canada on
2 November for his work and advocacy for disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation, and illicit small arms and light weapons. The tribute is part of UNA-Canada’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
Mr. Douglas was appointed a Messenger of Peace by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1998. For the event, the Messenger of Peace Programme and UNTV will produce a brief video of Mr. Douglas' activities on behalf of the UN.

Contact: acostay@un.org

New ICS Chief honoured

Christine Koerner, who will take over as Chief of the Information Centres Service on 1 November, was honoured on 16 October by the government of Liberia. Ms. Koerner was acknowledged for her contribution to the Liberian peace process, especially to musicians, chiefs, women and children during her tenure.

DPI/NGO briefings at UNHQ

19 October: A day-long NGO briefing on the Approaches to Prevention of Intergenerational Transmission of Hate, War and Violence will be divided into a regular DPI/NGO briefing in the morning (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) and a townhall meeting in the afternoon (2:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), organized by the International Psychoanalytical Association. Both will take place in the DHL Auditorium. Speakers at the regular morning briefing include Dr. Cláudio Eizirk, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

26 October: NGO briefing on the Different Faces of Ethics, will take place in the DHL Auditorium from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Speakers include Mr. Tunku Abdul Aziz, Special Adviser on the Establishment of the Ethics Office; Jean Marc Coicaud, Head, United Nations University Office to the United Nations in New York; and Randy Cohen from the New York Times Magazine.

Educational activities at UNHQ

  • In-house briefings

Danish United Nations Association: A group of 20 University students will participate in a one week programme of briefings given by UN and Delegation officials. (16-20 October)

International Cinema Education: Monthly guided tour and film screening, followed by Mission briefing, for New York City-area high school students. (17 October)

  • Outside Speaking engagements by UN staff:

Annual United Nations Anniversary Banquet: organized by the Global Learning Center in Wichita, Kansas. Topic: Central Asia. (22 October)

Fifth Annual Peace Conference at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY: Topic: Creating a World Culture of Community and Peace: Resources and Awareness in Buffalo and Beyond. (24 October)

Landmine Conference: organized by Pace University, Pleasantville, New York, and the UNA/USA Adopt-a-Minefield Program. (25 October)

Partnership for Quality Medical Donations Special Session on Emergencies, Kansas City, MO. Topic: State of Emergencies, Conflict Situations and Natural Disasters today. (25-26 October)

Contact: unitg@un.org.














Stand Up Against Poverty

On 15-16 October, 23,542,614 people, in over eighty countries around the world set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people to “STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY”. The Stand Up record attempt, an initiative of the United Nations Millennium Campaign in partnership with the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) was set in time for the United Nations International Day for Poverty Eradication on 17 October. Guinness World Records have officially verified that the first ever world record has been set for the most number of people to Stand Up against poverty in multiple locations over 24 hours. UNICs played a key role in mobilizing local communities to Stand Up against poverty. (Details to be produced in the the next issue).

New print and online products

For the annual observance of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security -- to take place on 26 October in the Council --the Development Section will be issuing press materials, including an updated version of the brochure "Facts and Figures on Women, Peace and Security" (DPI/2409), as well as organizing a press briefing with ASG Rachel Mayanja on 25 October.

Contact: mcguffie@un.org

New audio-visual products

  • UN in Action:

    No. 1038 -- Tajikistan's Drug Crisis (5'56")

    No. 1039 -- Sexual Violence Spikes in Darfur (3'23")

    No. 1040 -- It Can Be Done: The Aral Sea Lives Again (5' 03")
    No. 1041-- Women and International Migration -- Laos (2'14")

    No. 1032 -- Women and International Migration -- Thailand (2' 23")

    For more information contact: barkley@un.org

    UNICs/UNOs around the world

    Armenia: As part of UN Day activities, special concert "Children for Children" featuring performances by child artists; discussions with regional NGOs, educational institutions and local media on the UN reform, in Ijevan (Tavush, border region) (27 October).

    Australia: On the occasion of UN Day, official inauguration of UNIC Canberra. Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, will be present.

    Bangladesh: Launch of the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2006 (16 October); "Stand-up Against Poverty" campaign (16 October).

    Brazil: "Expo-trainee", a fair organized by the University of Great Rio, on the theme of the MDGs (17-20 October).

    Burkina Faso: TV programme on the occasion of World Food Day (16 October).

    Burundi: One-day workshop on the issue of poverty (19 October); as part of UN Day activities. Also on the occasion of UN Day, Heads of UN agencies will meet the press and highlight their activities for 2007.

    Cameroon: "Stand-up Against Poverty" campaign in various churches and during a baseball match (15-16 October).

    Czech Republic: As part of UN activities, one-day internet training and discussions on the legacy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan with a group of elderly people (25 October).

    Egypt: Press conference for the launching of "Sailing the Nile for MDGs", a joint initiative, developed by UN Volunteers, between UN organizations in Egypt, the Government, civil society, the private sector, media and educational institutions (17 October). As part of the project, eight feluccas (the traditional sailboats of Egypt) will sail from Aswan (southern Egypt) to Cairo from 29 October to 8 December.

    France: "Tribute Ceremony for Peacekeepers" organized by the Association internationale des soldats de la Paix, at the Arc de Triomphe (23 October); in cooperation with the Association Sciences pour l’ONUUN Model Conference on child-soldiers; freedom of press in conflict zones; drug trafficking and economic accountability/transparency; promoting education to combat HIV/AIDS; and promoting women’s independence (www.unric.org/MUN_France.html) (24 October).

    Germany: "UN Talks" on the theme of "Education for Sustainable Development", in cooperation with the City of Bonn and the German UNESCO Commission. Guest speaker will be Alpha Omar Konaré, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union and former President of the Republic of Mali (20 October); as part of UN Day activities, a one-day information event, with live music and discussion, at the Market Place in Bonn, in cooperation with the City of Bonn (21 October).

    Ghana: "Stand-up Against Poverty" campaign in various churches and soccer fields (15-16 October); radio interview on the "Stand-up Against Poverty" campaign (16 October).

    Nigeria: In cooperation with the British Council and the Pan African University of Nigeria, multi-sector national capacity-building workshop for stakeholders on Corporate Social Responsibility (31 October-3 November).

    Poland: Launch of the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2006 (16 October); in cooperation with the Polish Association of Veterans of UN Peacekeeping Operations, the 5th North European Conference on Veteran Support on the theme "Collaboration with Young Generations" ( http://www.unic.un.org.pl/bluehelmet/ and http://www.blue-beret.pl/) (23–27 October).

    Romania: "Stand-up Against Poverty" campaign in various areas of Bucharest and during the launch of the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2006 (16-17 October).

    Russia: Launch of the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2006 (16 October); on the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a thematic show by the Moscow Ermolova Theatre with an expected audience of 1,000 people; photo exhibit by Alexei Goloubtsov, depicting the day-to-day life of indigenous people in Northern Russia (27 October).

    Senegal: Opening of the "United Nations Fortnight", two weeks of activities, starting with events in support of World Food Day, to celebrate the UN; conference on peacekeeping "The Senegalese experience" (19 October); closing of the "United Nations Fortnight" with "The Night of Nations", a gala event organized to benefit the work of the First Lady of Senegal, Ms. Viviane Wade, on sickle cell anemia and to collect funds to fight the disease (28 October).

    South Africa: National Finals of the South African Model UN Debate Competitions for South African High Schools (Cape Town) (14-16 October); launch of a two-part UNIC exhibition on Small Arms as well as on the legacy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan (University of Pretoria) (30 October); in cooperation with the World Bank, open day to publicize the work of the UNIC Library (31 October).

    Tanzania: Launch of the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2006 (16 October); on the occasion of UN Day, community clean-up service led by heads of UN agencies in three residential areas of the Dar es Salaam region in response to the Government's call for a cleaner city (20 October); UN exhibit, with a voluntary HIV/AIDS counselling and testing centre (26-27 October).

    Thailand: "Stand-up Against Poverty" campaign with millions of people expected to stand-up in the Asia-Pacific region (http://www.unescap.org/pdd/calendar/PovDay/2006/index.asp) (16 October); as part of UN Day activities, launch of the UN cartoon book, "Our United Nations", a UN Day exhibition on the MDGs (20 October), and a UN Day Fun Run (29 October).

    Trinidad & Tobago: As part of UN Day activities, inauguration of a three-day Mini Film Festival featuring films and documentaries on UN issues (17-19 October). [Programme attached]

    Ukraine: Press club on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (16 October); UN Information Fair at the Parliament of Ukraine to introduce the latest UN publications and future UN initiatives (31 October).

    Contact: mihalic@un.org


    19 October - 24 November (Main Gallery): "Human Security for All" - A collection of photographs from projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, showing the human face and the practical application of the human security concept. Sponsored by the Human Security Unit of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs;

    Currently on display through 25 October (North East Gallery): "In Praise of the Olive" - An exhibition presenting all sides of the culture of the olive, from the mythical appearance of the olive in the Mediterranean and its links with Olympic Games, to the reality of the culture of the olive in Greek lands. Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations;

    31 October - 23 November (North East Gallery): "Afghan Children -- The Next Generation" -- An exhibition of photographs by Steve McCurry showing the face of today's Afghanistan through its children. Sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University;

    For more information on exhibits, contact arnesen@un.org


    Masimba Tafirenyika will join UN Information Centre-Pretoria as Information Officer early December.

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