Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Celebration of French Filmmaker and Writer Romuald Sciora's Work on the United Nations

7 December 2007

On 5 December 2007, the UN Office for Partnerships hosted a reception to celebrate Romuald Sciora and his wide-ranging work on the United Nations - together with some of its private sector partners, Ambassadors and UN system colleagues.

Mr. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, who has been a strong supporter of Romuald’s work, delivered remarks in which he pointed to the importance of Mr. Sciora’s work in informing the public, and particularly the world’s young people, about the United Nations and the ideals it represents.

In 2005, Mr. Sciora directed the TV series “At the Glass Building”, four films in which the former Secretaries-General recount the first 60 years of the UN. The documentary panorama was broadcast around the world and accompanied by a book supervised by Mr. Sciora, with a preface by the former French President Jacques Chirac.

Mr. Sciora announced two projects he is currently working on: In fall 2008, the French Filmmaker will present the second part of his work on the United Nations, “The Wilson Syndrome”, a documentary film focusing on the UN at the beginning of the 21st century as it seeks to confront the enormous challenges ahead. Sciora’s principle objective is to “demonstrate that the UN, in spite of its deficiencies, remains indispensable to our world” mentioned Mr. Akasaka in his address.

The second project of Mr. Sciora is the development of a comic book in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, Inc. the world’s leading publisher of comics and creator of some of the most famous superheroes. The comic book will be distributed to thousands of schools in the US and “collaboration with superheroes” such as Spiderman will help to give young people an understanding of the United Nations.