UN Family in Khartoum celebrates Human Rights Day

13 December 2009
Performers Dance during Human Rights Day in Khartoum

Performers dance during Human Rights Day celebration in Khartoum

With the aim of stimulating debate and to discuss actions or strategies that could encourage diversity and reduce intoler- ance, the United Nation Information Centre in Khartoum (UNIC Khartoum), in collabor- ation with the United Nations Association in Sudan (UNA-Sudan), organized a colorful event to celebrate the Human Rights Day on 13 December 2009. Hosted by the Rashid Diab Arts Centre, the event attracted more than 800 attendees, particularly women and youth.

Guest speakers from the Rashid Diab Arts Centre, NGOs, the UNA, UN Country Team, and academia addressed the forum offering interesting statements that provoked questions and encouraged participation from the audience.

The commemoration ceremony included an exhibition of arts from across the country, with live music and folklore performances. Audience members joined in during the celebrations by dancing and singing during the performance by Mulook Al-Nil (Kings of the Nile), a Sudanese band.

UNIC in Port of Spain celebrates Human Rights Day 2009

12 December 2009

L to R: Ambassador of the Netherlands, UNIC Director, ACM President, Prime Minister of Grenada, following opening session (photo credit: ACM)

The United Nations Informa-tion Centre (UNIC) in Port of Spain in collaboration with the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the UNIFEM organized and held a workshop Information for Action V “Violence Against Women: Ending a Global Pandemic” from 10 to 12 December 2009 in Grenada. 
The purpose of the workshop was to expose Caribbean journalists to the causes and consequences of violence against women, including its social and economic costs and implications for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The intention was to provide the thirty-two participants from fourteen countries with a basis for more informed reporting on the issue of violence against women and relate such information to the practice of journalists in the Caribbean.
The two and a half day workshop comprised eight modules. The first module described the phenomenon of violence against women. Other sessions examined the performance of the Caribbean media in monitoring and commenting on violence against women, and the quality of coverage on women’s issues among other aspects.
The Prime Minister of Grenada, Tillman Thomas, delivered the feature address at the opening session.

“Embrace Diversity, End Racism” at the International Sevens Rugby tournament in the City of George, South Africa

12 December 2009

The Human Rights Day banner

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Pretoria worked closely with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the City of George. During the International Sevens Rugby tournament that was held from 11 to 12 December, UNIC actively promoted this year’s slogan “Embrace Diversity, End Racism”.

With 18 countries participated in the tournament, the event was attended  by over 11,000 spectators from different races, religion, background and culture and become a link by sports and human rights.

Throughout the tournament the Human Rights Day logo was displayed on one of the score boards and the slogan was regularly read out by the stadium announcer. Just before the finals on the second day, ten young players from the local rugby team “Die Arende(The Eagles) carried a big Human Rights Day banner on the pitch, while the stadium announcer read the UN Secretary General’s message.

This event was broadcast live on SuperSport and was aired in more than 140 countries worldwide.

This major event was the second very successful collaboration between UNIC Pretoria and SARU, after an earlier happening during the “Stand Up, Take Action” campaign. Both experiences convinced both UNIC Pretoria and SARU to establish a formal partnership for the years to come.

UNIC Director participates in panel on Capitol Hill on International Religious Freedom

11 December 2009

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Washington Director Will Davis participated in a panel discussion organized by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the US Commission on International Religious.

Discussion among members of the panel at the US Gongress

Director Davis was joined on the panel by the Dutch Ambassador, Renée Jones-Bos, as well as representatives from the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and civil society organizations.

UNIC Director highlighted the UN’s work in support of religious freedom, focusing on the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, as well as the work of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN’s Human Rights Council and other UN entities.