Event participants at BINUB headquarters
In commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Bujumbura co-organized with the Media and Communications Section of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) an internal communications event for the UN staff in Burundi on 28 May 2010 in the BINUB headquarters in Bujumbura.
The commemoration, headed by the Executive Representative of the Secretary General and UN Resident Coordinator, Charles Petrie, placed under the theme, “Haiti standing”, included the screening of the documentary entitled, “In the name of Peace”, co-produced by the DPKO and DPI, followed by a documentary on the Burundian contingents in the African Union Mission in Somalia co-produced by the BINUB and the Ministry of National Defense.
The momentum of the ceremony was the minute of silence called up by the UN Resident Coordinator in honour of the UN colleagues who lost their lives for the cause of peace in Haiti and wherever in the world. The UN staff attending the event where asked to be standing while the RC was reading the Secretary General’s message on the Day, followed by the minute of silence.
A Haiti relief song produced by the Musicians Association of Burundi and interpreted by the Burundian major music stars in solidarity with the Haitian population entitled, “Haiti standing” was also screened. The BINUB assured the technical support of the event and sponsored the printing of the above Day’s posters and banderoles. The UNIC initiated the commemoration proposal.
The UNIC National Information Officer made the introductory remarks for the event which gathered the personnel of the UN System in Burundi.