The "United Nations in Classroom" Project by UNIS Vienna Visitors Service

30 April 2013

In the period from 3 to 30 April 2013 the Visitors Service at Vienna conducted a programme called “United Nations in Classroom” to share and disseminate knowledge of the United Nations among Viennese pupils. The project was intended to both: bring the UN to the classrooms as well as raise awareness to the UN having one of its headquarters in Vienna and thus promote future visits by students and teachers. The project was initiated by the guides from Visitors Service as well as Visistor’s Service Chief, Andraz Melansek.

The project involved one hour lectures to pupils of Viennese schools aged 14–19. Nine different guides and the Chief of the Visitors Service conducted lectures focused on the mandate and work of the United Nations. Specifically, the lectures focused on how the Vienna based Organizations affect pupil's lives. Project invitation was published on the UNIS Vienna website and also sent to different Viennese schools via email. Schools that were able to organize at least three lectures per visit were given priority in booking. Not more than two different schools were visited per day. These instructions were agreed in advance based on the experience from the Pilot Project in autumn 2012. The plan worked well and contributed to the quality of the project and overall customers’ satisfaction.

Some of the feedback from the schools included the following points:
• The lecturers were very professional, friendly and spoke freely, they came across as very competent and had perfect time management.
• They handled the class well and have competently answered questions, students were able to participate in discussions.
• The presentation was well made and very well structured, no dry theory, videos were very appreciated, facts about the UN in Vienna were interesting.
• Pupils said they learned much, teachers and pupils have described the lecture as “fun”.
Based on the availability of funds, the project is expected to be a regular feature of the Visitors Services work to be undertaken in two time frames per year: spring (April) and a fall (October) phase.

UNIC Manila's Observance of World Humanitarian Day

19 August 2010
Forum

Forum

On 19 August, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Manila commemorated World Humanitarian Day by holding two forums to audiences of students from two Manila Universities: Far Eastern University and Emilio Aguinaldo College. "We are Humanitarians" video was shown in both sessions and was well received by the students.

UNIC Manila National Information Officer gave a presentation on the challenges facing humanitarian workers worldwide. UNIC Manila also invited World Food Programme Emergency Coordinator, Susan Robertson, as well as UN Volunteers' Akiko Abe to give their presentations.

Events were jointly organized by UNIC Manila in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary, the civilian arm of the Philippine Coast Guard that is involved in disaster response, environmental campaigns, and humanitarian missions.

To see more photos, please visit UNIC Manila's website: http://www.unicmanila.org/main/index.php?pg=events&id=92

UN Secretary-General visits Burundi

09 June 2010

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid an official visit to Burundi on 9 June 2010.

On his arrival to the International Airport of Bujumbura, he was welcomed by the First Vice-President, Dr. Yves Sahinguvu on behalf of the government, and the Executive Representative of the Secretary General, Charles Petrie, on behalf of the United Nations System in Burundi.

SG at the press conference in Bujumbura

SG at the press conference in Bujumbura

In his declaration to the press at the airport he said that his visit aimed to congratulate the government and the people of Burundi for the contribution of the country to international peace and security in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). He also congratulated the people of Burundi for their achievements in consolidating peace in the country.

From the airport, the Secretary-General was briefed by the United Nations country team and mission leaders while he attended a lunch hosted by the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) in its main Headquarters in Bujumbura. He also took part in a town hall meeting with UN staff in which he talked about upcoming Summit on the Millennium Development Goals and the UN efforts on the issue of climate change.

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Bujumbura participated in the media coverage facilitation of the visit.

Istanbul becomes a hub for international UN meetings

26 May 2010
UNIC Information Officer at the press conference

UNIC Information Officer at the press conference

On 25-26 May, in Istanbul, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held a United Nations International Meeting in Support of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, under the theme: “Ending the occupation and establishing the Palestinian State.”

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Ankara worked closely with the Committee members to facilitate coverage of the meeting by the Turkish and international media based in Istanbul and facilitate interviews for Zahir Tannin, Head of Delegation, Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine.

The meeting was covered by all the leading media outlets in Turkey and international media.

A press conference was also organized after the opening session and attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Zahir Tanin, Riyad Mansour and Nemer Hammad, Special Political Adviser to the President of the Palestinian Authority.

UNIC Ankara Information Officer Ahmet Parla moderated the press conference which was also extensively covered and published by the Turkish media.

The UN International Meeting in Support of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process took place only a few days after the Secretary General’s visit to Istanbul to attend the UN meeting on Somalia on 21-23 May.

Another UN meeting is scheduled to take place in Istanbul on 9-10 June 2010.

A Regional Conference on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be held in Istanbul on 9-10 June 2010.

Hosted by the government of Turkey and co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Conference draws on the full strength of the UN system.

UNIC Ankara will be the leading agency to coordinate the media and public affairs related activities.