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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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.