29.10.2012 -

UNESCO celebrated UN Day in Brussels

©UNRWA picture/Antonio di Vico - The Grand-Place, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998 on the occasion of the UN Day.

For the second consecutive year, the UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels, with the support of the United Nations Brussels Team and the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), celebrated UN Day.

On 21st of October, UNESCO set up a stand on the Brussels’ Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in order to share information and to exchange views with the general public about UNESCO’s mission, values and activities. Throughout the discussions, UNESCO team noticed that World Heritage remains the main topic of interest for the public. The diffusion of the World Heritage map was a great success and we ran out of them before the end of the day. Moreover, questions were asked, in particular, on how to inscribe a site on the World Heritage List or on who takes the final decision. Education was also a topic which brought a lot of attention, especially through the new Education for All Global Monitoring Report on “Youth and Skills”.

This public event was followed by a gathering on 24th of October in the Belgian Parliament to commemorate the foundation of the United Nations Organization in 1945. On the theme, “The United Nations and the International Community, facing Global challenges”, André Flahaut, President of the House of Representatives, opened the meeting and stressed upon the necessity of the United Nations for all humanity. Subsequently, Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alex Reyn, former Permanent Representative of Belgium to the UN, and Honorary Ambassador Michel Adam, President of the United Nations Association, acknowledged the unique role of the UN and the need for some reform in order to be able to respond to global challenges. Furthermore, Antonio Vigilante, Resident Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Belgium, delivered the message of UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, who emphasized that, although progress has been made on many fronts, we have to reaffirm our individual and collective commitments to further carry out the global mission of the UN.

The United Nations Day 2012 in Brussels was a successful event that attracted a lot of attention from the public for UNESCO. Next year, UNESCO team will renew its commitment and will be present again.

To watch a video and pictures concerning the UN Day Celebration, please visit the UN Brussels website.

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