UNIC Bujumbura participates in Social Good Summit 2014 edition

22 September 2014
A library user talks of his experience using the UNIC services

To promote the 5th Annual Social Good Summit Held from September 21-22 2014 in New York during the 68th UN General Assembly Session, UNIC Bujumbura co-organized with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a workshop with the users of its Library to discuss about the impact of technology and new media on their social and professional lives, in the UNIC Library on 22 September, 2014.

The UN Resident Coordinator made the introductory remarks in which he stressed on the fact that the Social Good Summit was a big opportunity for the UN to be leading a global conversation about the future of our planet, and about the role technology and innovation have to play in creating a better world for all. He recalled that the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. The theme for the Summit for the year 2014 is, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”

Three of the UNIC clients took the opportunity to share with others their experience in using the UNIC technology platforms with Internet:   

Antoine Niyongabo, 54 years old, revealed how Information technology he uses in the UNIC was an essential partner in management of his job, as a Consultant.  He added that he used the computers for research, storage, transfer, retrieval or transmission of information.

Rubin Niyomufasha, 36 years old, who had just finished a Master’s Degree in Development science, confessed that the UNIC had been the main resource of hard copies and online documents on the development topics he was searching about. He appreciated the services rendered to him by UNIC. He told the participants that the Internet is a wealth of information to keep up with current trends, techniques, software and human resources. 

Pacifique Niyomukiza, 33 years old, a Driver for an NGO in Bujumbura, said that he found his current job thanks to the Internet which he accessed at UNIC Windhoek. He said that Information Technology played a vital role in his daily life. He was impressed by the fact that with each passing day, newer applications of IT were being developed, which increased our interaction with and dependence on IT-enabled devices. 

Around 80 people participated in the activity, among them, students, consultants, professors, and jobless people.  

The UNIC National Information Officer moderated the event and answered questions regarding the possibilities of improving services in the Library, the main issue being increasing the number of computers with internet connection in order to serve a larger public. 

UNIC Bujumbura welcomes around 160 visitors per day, and most of them are looking for research on Internet, as the Centre is among the rare places in Bujumbura where people can find a high speed internet connection.

Music Concert to Commemorate the International Day of Peace - 2014

21 September 2014
A dance group entertaining the crowd

UNIC Bujumbura co-organized with the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), a music concert of traditional and modern music on the occasion of the international Day of the Peace, celebrated this year under the theme, “The right of the people for peace ". The commemoration took place at Kamenge Youth Centre, northern suburb of Bujumbura city, on 21 September 2014.

Nia Pearl and Selalo Selota, a South African singer and guitarist respectively, made the trip to Bujumbura to join the nation in celebrating peace, diversity and unity. 

During approximately three hours, Burundian artists, including a modern orchestra, slammers, and around thirty traditional dancers and drummer players, as well as the South African musicians, performed, leaving the audience in awe.

The concert was opened in the presence of the Managing Director of Culture who represented the Minister of youth, sports and culture, as well as of the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Burundi and UN Resident Coordinator, Agosthino Zacarias. Young children and journalists alternated on the microphones in between acts to proclaim messages promoting peace and nonviolence.

The concert in Bujumbura was financially supported by UNDP, BNUB, UNICEF and UNFPA. The Kamenge Youth Centre lent the place of the commemoration and assured coordination of the event, whereas the British NGO “Peace One Day” suggested to the UN System in Burundi the idea of holding the concert. In parallel to the show, “Peace One Day” organized a concert in Goma city, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The initiative aimed at increasing the number of partners committed for lasting peace, by contributing to the reduction of the violence Burundi.

The event was well covered by the local media.

Mandela Day commemoration in Kamenge Youth Centre

18 July 2014

Partial View of participants

UNIC Bujumbura co-organized with UNDP, UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) and the South African Embassy a debate with the youth on Mandela legacy, followed by the screening of the film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on 18 July 2014, at Kamenge Youth Centre, suburb of Bujumbura city. Around 300 young people participated in the event. UNIC NIO issued a press release on the commemoration, invited the media for coverage and mobilized the UN Staff to attend the event.

On behalf of the UN System in Burundi, the Special Representative of the Secretary General , Parfait Onanga-Anyanga was the panellist, together with the Chargé d’Affaires of the South African Embassy in Burundi, a Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director of the Kamenge Youth Centre.

The Diplomatic corps was represented by a couple of Ambassadors who participated in the discussions with the Youth. The young people asked many questions the panellists, trying to know how Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as he fought for justice, democracy and equality.

The young people were particularly interested in the Mandela story as the latter is the one who helped to bring peace and reconciliation between Burundians, as he led the Arusha peace negotiations for Burundi which led the country to signature of the so called Arusha Peace Accord for Burundi.

After the panels discussions came the time to screen the film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. This is a 2013 British-South African biographical film based on the 1995 autobiographical book Long Walk to Freedom by anti-apartheid revolutionary and former South African President Nelson Mandela. The film chronicles Mandela early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.

Around 300 young people participated in the event. UNIC NIO issued a press release on the commemoration, invited the media for coverage and mobilized the UN Staff to attend the event.

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UNIC Bujumbura and the National Army Commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

29 May 2014

Students at the event

To commemorate the International Day of Peacekeepers, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Bujumbura co-organized with the Ministry of National Defence, a two-day visit to secondary schools to sensitize students on the role of the UN and the Government of Burundi in peacekeeping, from 28 to 29 May 2014 in Gitega province, centre of Burundi.

The Spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense travelled with the UNIC National Information Officer (NIO) and made a two day tour to secondary schools, where they held briefings and screened videos on the UN and the African Union peacekeeping missions.

Around 2,000 students attended the events. The NIO made a presentation on the UN and Peacekeeping, focusing on the Organization’s creation, objectives, achievements, - specifically in the field of International peace and security, and continued with the screening of two short documentaries, “Au nom de la paix” or “In the name of peace” and “Women in the Peacekeeping”.

 After watching the films, the students expressed their viewpoints and appreciation for the work done by the UN in bringing and maintaining peace in the world, and further commending the role that the Organization played in bringing peace to Burundi. Some students however expressed their hope that the UN would be able to prevent more conflicts so that there would be no more wars in the world.

Colonel Baratuza who used to be a peacekeeper with the Mission in Somalia, gave a presentation and screened a documentary on the Mission, and elaborated on the role of Burundi in peacekeeping missions as a troop contributor.

The students, who were very interested in the topic, appreciated the visit and all the information shared with them. UNIC seized the opportunity to donate to the schools some UN publications which were put in the school Libraries.