Launch of a three- day commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance 2015

29 January 2015
Student asking a question

Around nine hundred students from secondary schools of Bujumbura participated in educational outreach activities to commemorate the International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, organized and hosted by the UNIC Bujumbura from 27 to 29 January 2015 under the theme “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors”. 

This year’s commemoration coincided with the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz –Birkenau camp and the 10th anniversary of the UN holocaust programme. UNIC seized this opportunity to “teach” the students on the reason behind and the relevance of the creation of the UN communication programme on the Holocaust. UNIC also briefed the students on the link between the Holocaust and the founding of the UN Organization.

UNIC got good support from the participating schools. These ones provide the History teachers who could repeat for the students the history of the First and the Second World War and their relation with the Holocausts. The commemoration included briefing sessions, photo exhibits and film screening, as well as debating, discussions, question-and-answer sessions for students, on the issue of the Holocaust.

Not only the students learned many things on the Holocaust that they ignored before, but they also shared the lessons that they learned from this historic tragedy. They could show a real interest on the subject, and this is normal for young people who were born and are growing in a conflict and genocide cycles environment, in the African Great Lakes Region, including Rwanda and Burundi. 

UNIC screened the French version of the 8 minute film on the Holocaust and UN Communication Programme, with a recording by the Secretary-General to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the UN Holocaust. UNIC screened also the film entitled,” The path to Nazi Genocide”.  UNIC printed the 10 anniversary promotional material and the photos on the Secretary General’s visit to Auschwitz –Birkenau Museum and organized a photo exhibit for students. UNIC NIO guided the visit and provided necessary explanations on the programme.

The activity was an occasion to educate the students about the Holocaust and the dangers of hatred and prejudice. The discussions were focused on the role of the youth in prevention of conflicts, and recommendations were made on how the new generation should be vigilant and never support bad ideologies which can lead to genocide. 

All the participating schools appreciated the UNIC initiative to provide leadership and human rights education to their students. They also appreciated the constant partnership of the UNIC and noted the added value of the educational programme on the Holocaust. 

Media Workshop to promote the twentieth session of the UN Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol

08 December 2014

UNIC Bujumbura co-organized with  the 350 Burundi Network for Climate Change, a media workshop to promote the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties and the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which takes place in Lima the capital city of Peru, from 1 to 12 December 2014. The media workshop took place at the UNIC on 8 December 2014.

The National Information Officer (NIO) for UNIC Bujumbura presided over and moderated the session which included presentations by 350 Burundi experts on the project, "shift the power” on climate change.  They also presented the situation of climate threats in Burundi with reference to recent torrential rains which hit for ten hours in North of Bujumbura city, killing at least 60 people, in February 2014.

350 Burundi took the opportunity of the media workshop to present its achievements since it started activities in 2009. This NGO organised the first global day of action on climate change in Burundi. Individuals, youth and environmental groups became very excited about the action.  350 Burundi organised the Global Work Party to promoted renewable sources of energy at local level. 

The NGO is also working on capacity building and educational activities in secondary schools. They took part in 'Moving Planet Day' at National University, an event that mobilized over 700 participants. The group helped in preparing the Trans-African caravan of hope on climate change, a journey that departed from Bujumbura to Durban, South Africa.

350 Burundi Network for Climate Change is a non-profit organization which supports the work of local climate activists across Burundi, assuring capacity building activities and campaigning to fight the threat of climate change in homes and communities.

The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a liveable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

“We think that taking collective action is one of the most powerful ways that we can make change, so we spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to get people together”, said the Legal Representative of 350 Burundi .

Engaging the journalists to put the climate change on their editorial agenda, the 350 Burundi Representatives said that a general movement can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.

The journalists were interested in learning about the national youth movement and their commitment to raise the national awareness on climate change. Around 40 journalists participated in the workshop.

Media Workshop to promote the twentieth session of the UN Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol

08 December 2014

UNIC Bujumbura co-organized with  the 350 Burundi Network for Climate Change, a media workshop to promote the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties and the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which takes place in Lima the capital city of Peru, from 1 to 12 December 2014. The media workshop took place at the UNIC on 8 December 2014.

The National Information Officer (NIO) for UNIC Bujumbura presided over and moderated the session which included presentations by 350 Burundi experts on the project, "shift the power” on climate change.  They also presented the situation of climate threats in Burundi with reference to recent torrential rains which hit for ten hours in North of Bujumbura city, killing at least 60 people, in February 2014.

350 Burundi took the opportunity of the media workshop to present its achievements since it started activities in 2009. This NGO organised the first global day of action on climate change in Burundi. Individuals, youth and environmental groups became very excited about the action.  350 Burundi organised the Global Work Party to promoted renewable sources of energy at local level. 

The NGO is also working on capacity building and educational activities in secondary schools. They took part in 'Moving Planet Day' at National University, an event that mobilized over 700 participants. The group helped in preparing the Trans-African caravan of hope on climate change, a journey that departed from Bujumbura to Durban, South Africa.

350 Burundi Network for Climate Change is a non-profit organization which supports the work of local climate activists across Burundi, assuring capacity building activities and campaigning to fight the threat of climate change in homes and communities.

The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a liveable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

“We think that taking collective action is one of the most powerful ways that we can make change, so we spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to get people together”, said the Legal Representative of 350 Burundi .

Engaging the journalists to put the climate change on their editorial agenda, the 350 Burundi Representatives said that a general movement can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.

The journalists were interested in learning about the national youth movement and their commitment to raise the national awareness on climate change. Around 40 journalists participated in the workshop.

UNIC Bujumbura organized the "UN4U" educational outreach campaign on the UN Day 2014

27 October 2014
Student asking a question

To commemorate the United Nations Day, UNIC Bujumbura organized UN4U briefing sessions for students from the Lycée of Rohero and Lycée Nyakabiga secondary schools, respectively on 24 and 27 October 2014 in the UNIC compound, and made good use of UN Day visual materials, based on the "Happy Birthday UN" concept. 

For each educational outreach session, the UNIC NIO made welcome remarks to the students, asked some UN knowledge questions and gave awards for good answers, made of UN books. The UNIC made full use of the UN4U information materials: reading of the Secretary General Message on the above Day and screening of its video version, as well as screening of the DPI Outreach Division’s animation on the United Nations.  The PowerPoint presentation entitled "United Nations Overview was translated into French and screened for the students.

A PowerPoint on the UN System in Burundi which includes information on the history of the UN Agencies in Burundi, their opening dates in Burundi and their respective mandates and main activities in the country, was also screened. 

Students showed very much interest in the UN Organization’s origin, mandates and key priority issues that are being addressed now. They asked many questions and made a couple of comments on the UN successes and mitigated results achieved. 

UNIC also printed the photo and graphic design DPI materials in big sizes and exhibited them in UNIC internal places including the conference room, Library, Offices, compound, etc…

Around three hundred students participated in the activity. They were accompanied by their Historic and civic and leadership courses’ teachers. 

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