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Director Romuald Sciora Chronicles UN Past, Present, and Future

Last year, director Romuald Sciora took a unique look inside the United Nations Secretary-Generalship with “À la maison de verre” (In the glass house), a series of short documentaries. Sciora examined the leadership and accomplishments of the last four Secretaries-General of the United Nations: Kofi Annan, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Javier Perez de Cuéllar, and Kurt Waldheim. The film includes interviews with each, as well as other key figures in the United Nations Secretariat over the last sixty years.

Sciora has now moved on to capturing the larger picture of the Organization today and in coming years with his next work, a full-length documentary called “The Wilson Syndrome”. The Office for Partnerships' staff will be featured in the film, as well as its Executive Director, Amir A. Dossal, who spoke in front of the camera about Mr. Ted Turner's contribution and how the UN is now working with the private sector.

Looking ahead, Sciora will soon be targeting a different audience. He plans to team up with Marvel Comics, the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the UN Office for Partnerships to create and distribute United Nations comic books to over 1,000,000 children throughout the United States. These comics, featuring favorite Marvel characters such as Spiderman and the Fantastic Four, will also tell the story of how the United Nations fights the challenges of poverty, disease, and conflict worldwide. By making the complex UN system accessible to youth, the partners hope to teach children the value of international cooperation, and sensitize them to the problems faced in other parts of the world.