My Experience as a Blue Helmet at HIDALMUN 2013

03 April 2013

I had the chance to know about the UN Blue Helmet force during the UN Model organized by my high school - Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Hidalgo (HIDALMUN 2013).

Truthfully, I didn’t know what it would be like in the beginning, nor could I imagine what kind of experiences I would take home with me; I thought my job wasn’t going to be that serious.  Once HIDALMUN was over, I realized it was one of the most rewarding experiences I had in school. I was able to lend my support to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), I did my best and played my role as UN Blue Helmet force with so much enthusiasm and responsibility because I realized the Blue Helmet peacekeeping force has a considerable influence and is also an institution to look up to. I know the work we did cannot be compared with what they do "in the real life", but I am sure we all played our roles proudly and earnestly.

The most gratifying aspect for me was realizing the huge responsibility all delegates have, how they strive to prepare and take the roles of the countries they will represent and all the effort and excellent performance of the Organizing Committee.

I am taking a lot of experiences home and even though it was not an easy or that long a task, the satisfaction of being a part of it will be even greater. They will be gratifying memories and an unforgettable experience altogether. I am looking forward to the next UN Model.

By Brenda Mabel Quiroz Alarcón

UNIC Mexico City Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with a Series of Events

15 February 2013
 Event organized in Oaxaca

For about 2 week, UNIC Mexico City participated in a series of events to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. On 25 January, UNIC held a screening of "The Rescuers" for a group of secondary school students, followed by a lively discussion. On the same day, the UNIC Director spoke at a forum organized by Yad Vashem Mexico as part of its "Adopt a school" programme. That afternoon, a solemn ceremony was also held at the UN house to commemorate the Day, preceded by the inauguration of the exhibit "Rescue".

On 28 January, the UNIC Director participated in the high profile commemoration hosted by the National Human Rights Commission, while the UNIC Deputy-Director read the Secretary-General’s message and shared information about the UN Holocaust Programme during the ceremony organized by the Chamber of Deputies of the Mexican National Congress to commemorate the Day.

UNIC also participated at several commemorative events organized by NGO PAAZ, at the National Museum of History and Anthropology in Mexico City (24 January), at the municipality of Ecatepec (29 January), and, on 21 February, at an event organized by NGO PAAZ and the Government of the State of Oaxaca. At that venue, the exhibition "Rescue" was inaugurated, followed by a commemoration attended by an audience of more than 2,200.

On 15 February, the exhibit "The Shoah in Europe" was inaugurated at the Biblioteca Pedagógica de Estado de México in Toluca before a very interested secondary school student audience who also heard a presentation by the UNIC Director on "The United Nations and the Holocaust".

25 years of the Montreal Protocol

12 February 2013

On 12 February, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Mexico City hosted a regional event marking "25 years of the Montreal Protocol" and 20 years of the Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as its implementing agency.  

Through a roundtable discussion, panelists recounted the important achievements of Mexico, with the support of UNIDO, in putting into practice the Montreal Protocol, such as suppressing the production of chlorofluorocarbons, which used to be widely used in aerosols, refrigeration, air conditioning, polyurethane foams and drugs, four years before the target date establish by the Protocol. Significant progress was also made in reducing the use of methyl bromide in growing flowers and in eliminating carbon tetrachloride.  

Participants included the Secretary of Environment and NaturalResources of Mexico, former UNIDO Director-General and current Director of the Institute for Research on Sustainable Development and Social Equity of the  Universidad Iberoamerica na, the Technical Manager of Mexichem, the President of the Association of Greenhouse Vegetable Producers in Sonora, California, as well as representatives of academia, civil society and the media.  

The event was webcast  and attracted an interactive regional audience in more than 360 locations, including UNICs and other UN offices across Mexico as well as in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Uruguay.  

Travelling Exhibition to Mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

22 January 2013
Holocaust survivor Bedrich Steiner at the exhibit "The Shoa in Europe"

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Mexico City observed the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust through two weeks of commemorative events.

On 22 January, UNIC inaugurated, at Anahuac University, the travelling exhibition "The Shoah in Europe". The display transmitted the character of human rights with the message that no people can be the victim of social hatred, including intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia. The inauguration was followed by a roundtable with participation of the President of the Commission on International Relations of the Senate and University authorities.