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1-15 February 2007


Third annual United Nations documentary film festival

In 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.

Deadline: Film submissions and forms must be received in the Public Inquiries Unit, GA-057 by 5:00 p.m. EST, on 7 February 2007.

Film screening on holocaust
(1 February)
As 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. Limited seating.


A concert commemorating holocaust (5 February)
The “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 or call 212-737-3275.

Briefings 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);

  • Video Conferences

Global Education Motivators- Part 1 of a four part series. "The United Nations: Myth vs Reality" (7 February);


Exhibits at UNHQ
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.

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.










45th session of Commission on Social Development:

The 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. Website:

Other 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.

Press briefing 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).


International 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 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.


UN-ESCWA: 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.



Climate 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 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 Story (8'00").



CONGO: Educational outreach event with the participation of some 120 middle school students (Brazzaville, 8 February).

CZECH 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 February).

EGYPT: Briefing by UNIC Director to UNICEF staff on “United Nations image in Egypt and the region - Challenges and Opportunities” (Cairo, 1 February).

GERMANY: Lecture by UNRIC Desk Officer on “The work of DPI and UNRIC” at the University of Berlin. (Berlin, 1 February).

GHANA: Event organized by UNIC Accra to hand over donations by UN staff to inmates of Weija Leprosium (Accra, 15 February).

INDIA: Media Training Workshop for UNCT and UNCG-India (New Delhi, 12-14 February).

NIGERIA: 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).

PERU: 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).

ROMANIA: 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).

RUSSIA: 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 February).

SOUTH 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).

THAILAND: Interactive session and exhibition at Mahidol University International College Job Fair 2007, organized by UNIS and ESCAP (Bangkok, 1 February).




Workshop 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 .

EOS at 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 presentations.


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