Climate Change and Security: International Day of Peace marked in Prague

21 September 2010

During the panel discussion

On 21 September, the International Day of Peace was marked in Prague by a panel discussion on security aspects of climate change.

The event was organized by the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Prague together with the Charles University Prague (Centre for Security Studies) and with support of the American Centre Prague.

UNIC Prague Officer-in-Charge Michal Broza opened the event highlighting the security and climate related issues in the world. He also pointed that the event was organized on the occasion of the International Day of Peace and quoted from the Secretary General’s message.

There were five experts on the panel, including representatives of the government, NGOs, academia as well as the Czech representative in the IPCC. Aspects of water, energy, glaciers, migration and also Arctic were among the issues discussed.

The event at UNIC Library was attended by over 40 participants.

127 Decibels Against Poverty

17 September 2010
Stand Up event

Stand Up event

Some 400 people were part of the “Stand Up Against Poverty” event, organized on 17 September by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Prague in the Czech town of Pelhrimov in partnership with the European Commission and a coalition of development NGOs.

The street event included a noisy appeal supported by a band of drummers. "We want the world leaders to hear us in New York," one of the students said.

During the programme the crowd of students was addressed by UNIC, the European Commission, NGO as well as regional and local authority representatives and briefed about major MDG challenges.

The climax of the programme was an attempt to a record in public noise against poverty. The result was more than 127 decibel scream which was heard all over the city. The official record will be included in the Czech Book of Records. Regional as well as national media covered the event, including TV crews and radio reporters.

During the programme two exhibits were displayed on the venue, including the UN Alphabet, a student artwork on major UN issues, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

More than 350 students wore Stand Up T-Shirts kindly provided by the European Commission. Four information stands were installed next to the main podium, presenting information materials from the UN, the European Commission as well as NGOs. The podium was decorated with the Stand Up banner and the three winning ads from the UNRIC Brussels’ Unleash Your Creativity project.

2010 MDG Report Launch in Prague

16 September 2010
Panel Members at the MDG Report launch

Panel Members at the MDG Report launch

On 16 September, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Prague supported by development NGOs organized a press briefing on the MDG Summit, including official launch of the MDG Report in the Czech Republic.

Speakers included the Deputy Foreign Minister, the Head of the Development Aid Department at the Foreign Ministry, representatives of two major development NGOs in the country, a representative of the European Commission’s Office in Prague and UNIC Officer-in-Charge Michal Broza, who presented the key findings of the MDG Report including highlights of the each goal.

Mr. Broza also briefed the journalists on the upcoming MDG Summit and "Stand Up" campaign. 25 media and NGO representatives attended the briefing at UNIC Library.

Holocaust remembrance at UNIC Prague

29 January 2010

Holocaust survivor Pavel Werner demonstrating to students the efforts of people for survival during the death marches

Along with dissemination of information materials in Czech including the message of the Secretary-General, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Prague in collaboration with its traditional partner the Jewish Museum in Prague - organized a series of education outreach programmes for secondary and high school students (10 sessions from 18 until 29 January 2010).
Invited by UNIC, more than 250 students attended different programmes highlighting the issue of the Holocaust, including “Holocaust in Documents” and “Hannah’s Suitcase”. Students learned about the history of the Holocaust and discussed the experience with survivors. 

The programmes also included screening of “Into the Arms of Strangers” and “Do not Forget” films and a tour of the “Do not Look at Things Black and White” exhibit of children’s paintings on the issue of racism in the UN House lobby.
Most of the credit for good work and success of the programme goes to UNIC’s Library Assistant Barbora Krutakova and colleagues from the Jewish Museum in Prague.
A number of Holocaust remembrance events were organized in the Czech Republic, including a festive programme in the Senate of the Czech Republic with participation of senior government officials including Prime Minister Jan Fischer.