United Nations 60th anniversary
Update on Celebratory Events and Publications
Conference and roundtable
A conference on the future of the United Nations, organized with the support of the Foundation for Geneva, will take place on 20 October at the Institute of International Studies (HEI), followed by a public debate/panel in the evening at the University of Geneva.
Participants in the evening roundtable debate:
• Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary General DPI, (participant and moderator)
• Georges Abi-Saab
• Bernard Kouchner
• Nafis Sadik
Introduction remarks by Philippe Burrin, Director HEI.
Program for the conference: http://hei.unige.ch/conf/files/colloqueONU_20051020.pdf
For more information contact: Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), Sophie Fleury e-mail: email@example.com
HEI website: http://hei.unige.ch/index.html
The United Nations Association of Boston is delighted to welcome Britain's Permanent Representative to the UN, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, as keynote speaker at the annual United Nations Day Luncheon at 12:30 pm at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Friday, October 21, 2005.
A multilateralist, Sir Emyr believes that the UN is the indispensable global organization helping to tackle the problems of a globalizing world, issues which recognize no borders and which nation states cannot tackle alone - disease, poverty, degradation of the environment, terror, WMD, humanitarian relief, human rights and human displacement, and illegal drugs. The UK Mission is working to ensure that the UN and its Agencies remain in the forefront of efforts to improve human security.
The UN Day Luncheon annually gathers over 250 guests from Boston’s Consular Corps, business, professional, and academic communities. UNA-GB invites individuals, companies and organizations to participate as sponsors and attendees. An invitation-only reception with Sir Emyr will precede the luncheon.
For more information see website: http://www.unagb.org/main.asp?urh=home.UNDayLuncheon
The UN Day Gala Dinner
The United Nations Association of New York is organizing the UN Day Gala Dinner to take place on October 21, 2005. The Secretary General and Mrs. Annan will be Honorary Co-Chairs of the event.
The dinner will take place at the UN Delegates Dining Room. UNA New York is honoring
Liya Kebede, WHO Goodwill Ambassador and two other organizations, the Links,
Inc. and the International Federation of Health Plans. The theme of the evening is "A Spotlight on Global Health," promoting the Millennium Development Goals. Approximately 300 people is expected to attend.
For more information please contact: UNA, New York City: Ann Nicol e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
United Nations Association, Tampa Bay Chapter presents a half day film festival commemorating sixty years of the United Nations, 2pm to 5pm, October 22, 2005, Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom C, 333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602.
This year’s UN Day program entitled, Life through the eyes of a child, features a film premiere of six documentary films from the award winning UN series, What is going on? UN Works Programme, Department of Public Information. The Tampa Bay Chapter is working both with entities and the media to bring together an audience of a thousand viewers from local middle and high schools, colleges, universities, churches, hospitals, businesses, associations, and our sponsors, who are members of UNA-USA, League of Women Voters, Human Rights Council, African American Club of West Pasco, Rotary, Florida Center for Survivors of Torture, plus the National Conference for Community and Justice.
See film festival flyer: http://unatampabay.netfirms.com/UNDAY2005.pdf
For more information please contact: UNA Tampa Bay; Susan George, e-mail: email@example.com
The United Nations Charter Day Peace Concert Committee presents: A Concert for Peace to Celebrate the United Nations 60th Anniversary and the 100th Anniversary of Dag Hammarskjold’s Birth.
From the program:
The celebration will feature a Pre-Concert Lecture, “Dag Hammarskjold: An Ambassador for Peace”, by the Hon. Wilhelm Wachtmeister, Former Personal Assistant of Dag Hammarskjold and Former Ambassador of Sweden to the US. The Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Chorus for Peace directed by Michael Morgan will present John W. Vitz “A Mass For Peace in the Third Millennium”. Actress Caroline Lagerfeldt will read from Dag Hammarskjold’s “Markings”. Two Mark Landson chamber works for string quintet, “A Hero’s Calling” and “Neo Camerata” will be performed. The concert concludes with Cantare Chorale with the Oakland East Bay Symphony led by David Morales in Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms”.
The concert will take place 23 October at 7 p.m. Paramount Theatre, Oakland
The United Nations Concert will take place at the Theatro Municipal do Rio
de Janeiro, the most traditional of the city, on 23rd October.
The Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica (Symphonic Petrobras Orchestra , directed
by Maestro Moshe Atzmon, and with the special participation of the
violoncellist Antonio Meneses, will play Schelomo by Ernest Bloch and the
1st Symphony of Gustav Mahler.
The event is being organized by UNIC Rio de Janeiro, is sponsored by
Petrobras and has the support of Intel, O Globo, the Theatro Municipal and
the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
For more information please contact UNIC Rio de Janeiro, Valéria Schilling e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
UN 60th Anniversary Rededication Service
24 October (Monday 3pm) A service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the 60th Anniverasry of the United Nations at St Pauls Cathedral. Her Majesty the Queen will be present and accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. The Prime Minister will read a Lesson. Lord Ashdown, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, will contribute a short reflection.
The Bishop of London will preach and the Dean of St Paul’s will lead the Act of Dedication and Commitment to the Future, a series of Readings using texts from the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Participants in the 1945 UN Preparatory Committee in London and young people will read these. The Cathedral Organist will compose an Antiphon to be sung between each reading. The Ray of Hope choir, pupils from Belfast schools of different denominations, will sing together for the first time since the Good Friday Agreement.
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UN Week at Seton Hall
The UN Secretary General’s Chef de Cabinet, Mr. Malloch Brown, will give a lecture on 20 Oct at Seton Hall University to the students and faculty members of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy. It is part of a series of activities that they are planning to celebrate UN Day. Mr. Malloch Brown's presentation is entitled "UN at 60: Reform and Renewal".
For more information see http://diplomacy.shu.edu/file%20transfer/UN%20Week.pdf
On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations and the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Dag Hammarskjöld, the Values Caucus, the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, a committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations and it’s special project, the Spiritual Council for Global Challenges in cooperation with the Department of Public Information and the UN Staff Recreational Council and numerous supporting organizations are hosting a special event, "The Spirit of the United Nations: Markings for the Future" on October 27, 2005 at UN Headquarters, Conference 3, from 1:15-2:45pm.
The program will include among other things speeches, song performances and video screenings.
For more information please contact:
Audrey Kitagawa, firstname.lastname@example.org, CSVGC: Spiritual Council for Global Challenges.
Julia Grindon-Welch, email@example.com, Values Caucus
Diane Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns
“Exhibition in a box”
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the organization, the United Nations cordially requested all its depositary libraries to hold an exhibition preferably on or around the United Nations Day, 24 October 2005.
To assist depository libraries in organizing the exhibition, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library prepared and sent a boxful of materials as well as a tube containing numerous posters. These materials and posters are related to twelve major areas of UN activities which are summarized in the “UN Milestones” poster included in the tube. It was suggested that the “UN Milestones” be the centerpiece of the exhibition. All depository libraries were invited to add to their exhibition any other UN-related issues in which their region/country may be interested.
The box also included a newly published “To speak for the world: speeches and statements by Dag Hammarskjöld Secretary-General of the United Nations 1953-1961”, a gift from Ambassador Kaj Falkman of Sweden, who compiled the book.
The active participation of all depository libraries in this world-wide exhibition is strongly encouraged as it will help publicize the existence of the UN collection and UN research expertise in these libraries. In addition to 400 depository libraries in 145 countries, the UN Information Centres in 66 countries, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UN Headquarters, and all the libraries of the Regional Commissions and United Nations Offices are participating.
For more information about the project see website: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/deplib/index.htmlForum
The topic of the third lecture in the Lectures and Conversations Series will be "Peacekeeping and conflict resolution: then and now". Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor will interview Under-Secretary-General Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General and Jane Holl Lute, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in the Office of Mission Support, Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
The event will be held on Wednesday, 5 October 2005, Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
Organizer: The Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Outreach Division, Department of Public
Information with the support of the Government of Sweden.
For more information see website: www.un.org/depts/dhl/events/lectures/index.htm
The World Policy Institute at the New School. New York, on THE UN'S MILLENNIUM SUMMIT: WILL IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? A panel discussion with
SHASHI THAROOR, Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United Nations, COLUM LYNCH, Prize-winning UN correspondent for The Washington Post and MARTIN WALKER, World Policy Institute Senior Fellow, chief editor of United Press International as moderator. Thursday, October 6, 2005, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Swayduck Auditorium, first floor, 65 Fifth Avenue (between East 13-14th streets.). Admission is $5.00. Tickets will be sold at the door for this event only. Visit www.dialnsa.edu for a live webcast and online discussion.
The John Jay College of Criminal Justice will mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations by organizing a major event on October 6, 2005 on the broad theme of "Common Challenges and Shared Responsibilities: the United Nations in the 21st Century". The conference is sponsored by the Office of the President of the College, the Center for International Human Rights and the United Nations Student Association.
The keynote speaker will be Sir Brian Urquhart, Former Under-Secretary General, United Nations and the panelists include Professor Saul Mendlovitz, Dag Hammarskjold Professor of Peace and World Order Studies, Rutgers School of Law, Newark; Juan Mendez, International Center for Transitional Justice and UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; and Ms. Zerha Aydin, Deputy Coordinator/Chief, New York Office of the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service.
The conference will take place at the Gerald Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, New York.
In the context of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations and the Department of Public Information (DPI) will host Carnaval de Barranquilla, a unique cultural repertory of traditional Colombian dances and musical performances on Thursday, 6 October 2005, from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm at the United Nations Plaza at the 46th Street Visitors entrance.
Carnaval de Barranquilla traces it origins from the Colombian city of Barranquilla. Each year, during the last four days before the Lenten season, the city’s distinct cultural traditions commingle in the Carnaval with drum ensembles and groups playing a variety of wind instruments. They are joined by dancers and musicians in colourful traditional dresses who base their performances on historical as well as current events.
The event is free of charge and is open to the public.
For more information please contact:
Mr. Pedro Agustin Roa Arboleda, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations, telephone: 1-212.355.7776, e-mail: email@example.com;
Mr. Vikram Sura, Associate Officer, Special Projects Unit, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information, telephone: 1-212-963-8274, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
For the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, the UN office in Geneva and the Fondation pour Genève are organizing the United against Malaria concert to mobilize public support for this cause. The Senegalese singer, Youssou N'Dour, and more than 10 other musical celebrities from five continents are performing a unique show in the
Youssou N'Dour: “This concert is to tell the peoples of the world that malaria kills more than 3000 children every day and at least a million people every year. Together, we can stop this calamity.” Youssou N'Dour, African singer known for his efforts for children, is both a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a special representative of the Roll Back Malaria partnership. He has agreed to devote his activities in 2005 to the fight against malaria. At the request of the United Nations, Youssou N'Dour decided to recruit celebrity musicians from the different continents to the campaign. A number of artists responded: Rokia Traoré and Tiken Jah Fakoly were chosen from Africa; Stephan Eicher, Axelle Red and Neneh Cherry, from Europe; Gilberto Gil and Kassav represent South America; Anggun comes from Asia and Patti Austin from North America.
The Fondation pour Genève, the Global Fund for the fight against Aids, tuberculosis and
malaria, and the Roll Back Malaria partnership — all based in Geneva — are joining the UN to involve the local, Swiss and international public in the campaign against the scourge of malaria. Malaria control is one of the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 by the UN member states. One specific target is to halve malaria deaths by 2010.
The concert would not be possible without the financial support of Pictet & Cie. The Geneva private bank has chosen to celebrate its bicentenary this year by contributing to the campaign against malaria.
Useful information about the concert:
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2005
Place: Arena, Geneva
Time: 20:30 – doors and box office open at 18:30
Standing: CHF 50
Numbered seats CHF 65 & CHF 85
Golden square numbered seats CHF 100
Press releases, texts and pictures can be downloaded from: www.unitedagainstmalaria.org
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October 10 to October 11, 2005: Private Capital in Micro- and SME Finance -- Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva's contribution to the UN Year of Microcredit will take the form of a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on mainstream finance in micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) finance. The conferences goal is to examine the business case for micro and SME finance, addressing in particular the question of what is required to attract the private sector to participate in Micro- and SME Finance, not only financially but also by providing specific services aimed at building up sustainable markets. This conference seeks to promote Microfinance as a new asset class, which may be taken into consideration by asset managers and pension fund managers worldwide. The conference aims to engage all professional actors of the financial community, from institutional investors to field investors, to share notes, experiences and proposals to strengthen and spread the availability of good financial services.
More than 150 participants are expected to attend including leading representatives of the global finance and international development communities
For more information see conference website:
For further information or to register, please contact
+41 22 730 86 66
Workshop and Hands on Session
In celebration of the United Nations 60th Anniversary Yale University Library presents:
UN at 60: Resources for Teaching and Learning - a Workshop and Hands on Session for Teachers.
Jean Krasno, Executive Director, Academic Council on the UN System
Hands on session by Sandy Peterson, Director, Social Science Libraries and United Nations Depository Librarian
38 Mansfield Street, New Haven, CT
Yale University Library, a UN Depository Library
Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER)
To Register Contact:
Janet Headley, PIER Director, International Affairs; 203-432-3429
or Kathy Sulkes at 432-6253.
See poster http://www.yale.edu/ycias/pier/un60poster.pdf
New York University: “The United Nations at 60: A Time for Renewal?” Two hour class meets Thursdays, with featured speakers Mr. Edward Mortimer (6 October) and Ambassador Vanu Gopal Menon of Singapore (13 October).
Contact: Erik Runsteen (212-963-4442)
Ralph Bunche Institute of the City University of New York: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE SEMINAR SERIES: "The United Nations at 60: Reform and Renewal?" Discussion on the Security Council (5 October 2005).
The media advisory is prepared by the Partnership Unit, CSS, Outreach Division, DPI.