14.05.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

One Planet, One Ocean Exhibition opens at Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea

© Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) Visitors dicover the Exhibition "One Planet, One Ocean" in Yeosu, Korea

© UN View of the UNESCO exhibit in the UN Pavilion during Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea

EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea is the first international exposition focusing on the ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role. Over the next 2 weeks, visitors of the Expo 2012 have the opportunity to see the UNESCO exhibit on “One Planet, One Ocean” at the UN Pavilion, which counted with over 4,000 visitors this week end.

 

On 12 May 2012, the United Nations (UN) Pavilion opened its doors at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Korea under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours."

UNESCO is holding an exhibition titled "One Planet, One Ocean" at the UN Pavilion on 12-26 May. Co-hosted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO-IOC) and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), the exhibition offers a comprehensive understanding the primary domains of UNESCO programmes but also of the World Heritage Marine Programme and IOC activities through seven large exhibit panels. Visitors can use tablet computers to learn about UNESCO activities by listening to audiovisual presentations delivered by UNESCO Staff. In addition, two large LCD screens play videos showcasing various activities by UNESCO, IOC, and KNCU.

Over ten UN organizations, including UNESCO-IOC, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are participating in the UN Pavilion to raise awareness of international efforts to promote the preservation of marine environment and sustainable development of oceans and coasts.

Bae-Yong Lee, Chairman of the Presidential Council on Nation Branding, Gun-Soo Kim, Secretary-General of the Expo Organizing Committee, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary of UNESCO-IOC, and Taeck-Soo Chun, Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO were present at the opening ceremony.

The Expo 2012 Organizing Committee forecasts that approximately ten million visitors will come to the Expo during the entire period. Over 4,000 people visited the UN Pavilion during its first weekend. Following the Korea Pavilion, the UN Pavilion is the second largest pavilion. It will be open during the entire duration of the Expo, hosting events such as a Model UN General Assembly and a musical gala.

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