Célébration de la Journée des Réfugiés

18 June 2014

Children at the event

A l’occasion de la Journée des réfugiés observée le 20 juin de chaque année, le Centre d’information des Nations Unies Rabat a organisé, le 18 juin 2014, une session d’information au profit d’une vingtaine d’enfants de réfugiés et une dizaine d’enfants marocains sur les Nations Unies, les Droits de l’Homme et les Droits de l’enfant.

Cette session fut organisée en marge de la 8ème édition du Festival Rabat Africa, organisé par la Fondation Orient Occident, sous le signe de la diversité et la découverte. Ce festival est organisé avec le soutien financier d’UNHCR et d’autres organismes internationaux et nationaux.

L’objectif de la session fut d’informer les enfants sur le rôle de l’ONU et le changement qu’elle apporte dans leur vie, tout en mettant l’accent sur sa contribution à améliorer la vie des réfugiés, demandeurs d’asile et migrants à travers le monde. Egalement, les participants ont été sensibilisés sur les Droits de l’Homme en général et leurs droits en tant qu’enfants tels qu’énoncés dans la Conventions des Droits de l’enfant.

Celebration of Refugees Day

18 June 2014

Children at the event

On the occasion of the Refugee Day observed each year on June 20th, UNIC Rabat organized on 18 June, an information session for the benefit of twenty children of refugees and a dozen Moroccan children, to mark the United Nations Human Rights and the Rights of the Child.

The session was held on the sidelines of the 8th edition of Rabat Africa Festival, organized by the East West Foundation, under the theme of diversity and discovery. This festival is organized with the financial support of UNHCR and other international and national organizations.

The objective of the session was to inform children about the role of the UN and the change it brings to their lives, by focusing on its contribution to improving the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants worldwide. Also, the participants were sensitized about human rights in general and their rights as children - as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Theatre performance to end violence against women

17 June 2014

Theatre performance

Within the framework of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women”, UNIC-Beirut - in partnership with the Theater Club at the Balamand University in Lebanon - produced a play on the issue of violence against women targeting school students – a project that was fully supported and sponsored by the Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education Elias Bou Saab.

The play, entitled “We Are All Humans”, presents real cases of violence against women within families in Lebanon through a vibrant script and a combination of gestures, songs, music and dance performed by university students. It tackles the hereditary violence against women and sheds light on physical and moral violence practiced directly or indirectly against girls in society.

UNIC took part in drafting the script and in the directing process to reflect the real objectives of the UNiTE campaign, aiming to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls and eliminate this scourge. The concept of the play was the result of a student debate organized by the Centre and Balamand in November 2013, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The student debate tackled this crucial issue from a male’s perspective with emphasis on the problem in the Middle East and particularly Lebanon.

It is worth mentioning that the play will be performed at Lebanon’s school stages with the support of the Minister starting the new school year in October to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2014. 

Below are links to some TV reportages on the play:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmdtUMg3UoU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQbu7hQGumc

Report on "UN Books on the Wheels" Event at the University of Douala

17 June 2014

Student asking a question

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde on behalf of the United Nations System in Cameroon organized a book donation event titled "UN Books on the Wheels" at the Central Library of the University of Douala on Tuesday 17th June. This event consisted in the donation of United Nations documents and publications on the substantive work of the UN family worldwide and in Cameroon. 

The event which was co-chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator; Ms Najat Rochdi and the Vice Rector for Teaching, Professionalisation and Development of ICTs; Professor Dontsi, representing the Rector of the University of Douala. 

In his word of welcome, Professor Dontsi thanked the UN System for the multifunction assistance to the University of Douala, citing UNFPA, UNESCO as valuable partners. He further stated that the library was the « lungs » of the University, and would soon follow the current trend of information Technology. The arrival of the UN Corner was timely, as it helped enrich the library collection. 

Launch of UN Corner

Presenting the concept of "UN Books on the Wheels", UNIC's Acting Knowledge Management Assistant; Jean Njita stated that this was born out of the growing number of students that visit the UNIC Library for information on the substantive work of the United Nations System, and documents. The decision to put "UN Books on the wheels" is thus to meet this increased need for UN information in the campus. The UN Corner comprises; Reference materials of the UN, its funds, programmes and agencies.

Mr Njita further highlighted that this event was not a Book Donation per se, but a decentralised wing of the UNIC Library at the University, and the Corner would be regularly updated with new UN publications, usage closely monitored, and a monthly statistics of visits would be recorded and reported to the Centre. The UN Bibliographic Information System (UNBIS) thesaurus will be used for the bibliographic and content management of the documents.