UNIC Mexico City Participates in Knowledge Fair

21 May 2015

For the 70th anniversary of the UN and 68th anniversary of the UN in Mexico City, UNIC Mexico City developed sophisticated communications strategy with the participation of most of the UN country team which granted exclusive interviews for major media outlets in Mexico such as the newspaper Reforma. 

The main event was a knowledge fair placed in one of Mexico City's most iconic avenues (Reforma). In two days, more than 10,000 people visited the 11 tents. Each one of them represented the joint work between the UN and Mexico. 

Visitors were invited to write peace messages into colorful post-its and then place them in a white dove built from recycled material and also taking pictures with a natural sized paper cut-out of the Secretary-General, which generated a lot of interest from the public. There were long cues of young people, people with disabilities, women and children waiting to take their picture with the cut-out. Some of them also took selfies. In total, there were over 700 pictures produced by UNIC.

Mexico´s Foreign Affair Minister, H.E. Mr. Jose Antonio Meade, as well as the President of the Senate, among other government and local authorities, diplomatic corpses, social civil organizations and general public lined up to take the photo with the replica of the Secretary- General.

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Virtual meeting with Amina Mohammed on Post 2015, first online link up with all UN Country Teams in Caribbean

19 May 2015

UN Country Teams in Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Suriname, as well as PAHO staff in Saint Lucia, linked online to hosts at UN Information Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for a Town Hall with Amina Mohammed, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning this month.  

Ms. Mohammed opened the interactive 90 minute session by introducing the major principles driving the post-2015 development process, including equity and balance (empowering all groups), inclusiveness (“leave no one behind”), and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an integrated way.  Her comments emphasized the need “to grow and invest in economies, but not to the detriment of people and planet.”

Moderated by UNIC Port of Spain Director, Juan Miguel Diez, participants requested an update on SDG indicators and targets – including their refinement, and tools for their measurement, evaluation and reporting of achievements. They also raised concerns about the overall capacity of the SDG framework – as an improvement on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) model, and in its potential support for the UN’s technical work on human rights, peace and security, and other thematic issues such as gender equality, youth empowerment, and climate change.  Questions were also raised about the role of the private sector, and whether the Goals could address donor resistance to high middle-income countries. 

In response, Ms. Mohammed stressed the political nature of the post-2015 negotiations among Member States over the past three years, and that it reflected countries’ own identified development needs: “The post-2015 agenda addresses the sustainable well-being of the entire planet in a holistic way: [it’s] not just about us talking a bit of development or a part of it or a Band-Aid on it, it’s about us talking about the whole.” 

This approach, she continued, would ensure sustainability and that “we don’t reverse the gains” of development in one area by fighting crises in another (such as had happened with the Ebola epidemic).  All States needed to use the SDG framework in support of their respective country development plans, while financial partners were equally responsible for assisting the process through aid and technical assistance.  UN country teams would also have a crucial role in assisting implementation of the Goals over the next 30 years. 

Participants were also reminded of the three significant markers in this final phase of the Post-2015 Agenda process – the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July, the SDG summit at UN Headquarters in September, and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December – and their importance in getting the necessary commitments for eliminating poverty and reaching attendant development goals within this generation.  

The meeting, a first for linking-up online all Caribbean country teams, was made possible with the technological support of the Department of Public Information’s (DPI) Information Centre Service. The complete session (1’ 31”) can be viewed on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiyVvrV4hxE&feature=youtu.be 

Around 130 persons including UN staff, government technocrats, academics, parliamentarians, students, and civil society attended the region-wide meeting. DPI is exploring upcoming sessions to continue the online Caribbean UN collaboration. 

UN/UWED hold 10th Anniversary Model UN

17 May 2015

As many as 134 students from thirteen universities came together at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) on 16 – 17 May to role-play as delegates at a Model UN conference (MUN) organized with assistance from the UN Information Office (UNO) Tashkent. The conference was the tenth in Uzbekistan since its launch in 2005.  

This is the first time a MUN conference in Uzbekistan has welcomed students from thirteen universities.  The participants simulated sessions of the fifth committee of the General Assembly, the World Health Assembly and the UN Security Council. The UN Security Council session focused on problems related to stability and security in Afghanistan while the delegates of the UN General Assembly session discussed speedy measures to develop and reform the UN system. The World Health Assembly focused its discussions on international efforts to fight the threat of global epidemic diseases. 

Following general and informal debates on the first day of the conference, each session of the committee adopted resolutions. The next day, the most active participants of the sessions were awarded certificates and presents by the UN Information Office. 

The MUN conference at UWED was attended by students representing the Uzbek State World State Languages University, Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies, Westminster International University in Tashkent, Andijan, Gulistan and Urgench State Universities, the Management Development Institute of Singapore in Tashkent, Tashkent Financial Institute, Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent, Inha University in Tashkent, Tashkent Institute of Railway Transport Engineers and Navoi Pedagogical Institutes.

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MUN Turgut Özal University meeting in Ankara

15 May 2015
UNIC National Information Officer during his speech

On 15 May, the National Information Officer for UNIC made the keynote speech at the Model United Nations (MUN) meeting at Turgut Özal University.

The event was part of the Turgut Özal Univeristy MUN activities to recruit more members to the club and also discuss current global affairs.

In his speech, the National Information Officer discussed the importance of international organizations in solving the ills that plague humanity, emphasizing that the UN was the only international forum that could bring the international community together to establish a better world for all. He added that 2015 was important for two reasons – being the 70th Anniversary of the UN and also the beginning of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

Following the National Information Officer’s speech, UNHCR External Affairs Officer made a presentation on the Syria refugee situation in Turkey and in the region and how the UN humanitarian organizations cooperating to assist the needy.

The event was attended by more than 300 students and also by the Deputy Dean and academicians from Turgut Özal Univeristy.