Human Rights Day 2015: Human Rights through Cinematography

The United Nations Information Centre Islamabad is celebrating Human Rights Day 2015 by organizing a series of movie screenings on topics related to human rights between 05 – 13 December 2015.

On the 50th anniversary of the Two Covenants, the “ Human Rights through Cinematography” screenings will take place in several locations across Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad. The screenings are organized jointly by: Alliance Française, European Union, Goethe Institut, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights Geneva, Quaid-e-Azam University, and the Swiss Confederation.

Migration, women’s and children’s rights, health, and corruption are among the key themes of the movies selected for the screenings. The geographic scope ranges from Europe to South America and South Asia. Movies like Sabogal, Ho Yaqeen, Something Better to Come, The Shelter, Akiyaya, Journey of Hope, Journey to Portugal, My sweet Pepper Land, Welcome, and Bajrangi Bhaijaan will be screened across different locations in Pakistan to varied audiences.

Fifty years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that have shaped international human rights till today: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The two covenants have resulted in many countries recognizing human rights and the rule of law as the basis for truly resilient and stable societies.

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Pakistani Youth for Climate Change

UN Information Centre invited students from different schools in Islamabad for an interactive Youth Forum on Climate Change at the ILO auditorium. The workshop was called United4Climate: Pakistani Youth for Climate Change. Around 100 young people were brought together and were briefed on Climate Change. The colorful logo inspired by the UN emblem reminded students about the importance of speaking out about climate change and about ways to play their part in the cause as young leaders. Australian High Commissioner in Islamabad Ms. Margaret Adamson, Director UNIC Vittorio Cammarota, Zeba Husain of Mashal School and climate change experts spoke to students to engage them in an interactive conversation on Climate Change. Students asked questions to obtain clarity about aspects of the issue of climate change, and shared their ideas on how to act against climate change in everyday life. They were told about thoughtful disposal of different type of waste material. Students took part in a creative activity too where they expressed themselves through art work bringing forward their thoughts and ideas to tackle climate change. With great enthusiasm they shared their thoughts through topical essays and drawings, which UNIC will collect in a booklet “Pakistani youth for Climate Change” to be launched on the global Climate Change conference COP21 in Paris.

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Festival “United Nations 70: Partnering for people’s development” opens in Pakistan 

The festival celebrating 70th anniversary of the United Nations was launched in Islamabad on 12 October, 2015. The opening event was held at the scenic and well known venue in Islamabad, Lok Virsa in the presence of about 300 prominent guests from over 50 diplomatic missions as well as international organizations, civil society academia, youth and media.

Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in his opening remarks drew wide attention to the achievements of the United Nations (UN) and to Pakistan’s contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions.

The UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne assured that the UN would continue its work on its core areas in Pakistan.

The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Rodolfo Martin Saravia and Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fauzia Saeed highlighted the mutual importance of UN and Pakistan.

The Envoys music band featuring two ambassadors – Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Pakistan Nedim Makarevic at the electric guitar and vocals and Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata at the drums – presented songs in English and Urdu making reference to peace.

The guests of the event also became the first visitors of the photo exhibition about the UN that was opened at Lok Virsa exhibition gallery. “We the peoples” represents a historical overview of the work of the United Nations around the world and another part of the exhibition “Pakistani People and the United Nations” depicts the work of the 19 agencies, funds and programmes of the UN System in Pakistan.

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United Nations: Partnering for people’s development for 70 years

To celebrate 70 years of the United Nations, the United Nations System in Pakistan is launching a major festival to celebrate the work of the United Nations and its partners. Between 12 – 22 October 2015,  “United Nations 70: Partnering for people’s development” will take place in several locations across Islamabad and Lahore and include events for young people, members of the public, as well as members of the government, diplomatic community and the media.

The programme will start with a photo exhibition at Lok Virsa about the work of the UN System in Pakistan called “Pakistani People and the United Nations.” The exhibition will be launched on 12 October, and the opening event will include live music as well as speeches from senior politicians.

Young people will take place in a number of fora on UN values and climate change, and on 14 October, the Hanbok Fashion Show Gala Dinner organised by the Republic of Korea, will be preceded by the Youth of the World Flags Parade. There will be on a number of panel discussion on key themes in the work of the United Nations.

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First photography exhibition of people living with HIV in Pakistan

A photography exhibition, which shines the spotlight on the resilience of people living with HIV opened in Islamabad, Pakistan on 7 September. It is the first time that an exhibit in Pakistan has been dedicated to portraying the inspirational stories of people living with HIV and the goal is to help reduce stigma and discrimination. A Photo Story on People Living with HIV in Pakistan was produced in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the UNAIDS Country Office.

The exhibit is a collection of 25 portraits of men and women living with HIV, who have felt so empowered that they have taken the bold decision to share their stories of HIV-related stigma with the public. Each photo is accompanied by a caption with a short interview where people express their challenges and concerns, but also their determination to bring about change and eliminate stigma and discrimination. Dozens of representatives from different sectors, including government, civil society, communities, embassies and international organizations attended the opening. Continue reading


Youth Skill Development and UN 70 campaigns

Islamabad, 15 July 2015: World this morning: A famous TV show, anchored by Maha Makhdum was broadcast on PTV world to mark the 1st World Youth Skills Day on 15 July 2015. UNIC Director along with Programme coordinator for UN Wall, Ahsan Ausaf participated in the prgramme and shared details about the communication campaigns, which are specially designed for Pakistani youth on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations this year. The ‘UN Wall’ is an exciting art campaign, in which a large number of youth would participate by dedicating a wall in their educational institutions and painting the UN’s messages on them. Mr. Cammarota encouraged youth to focus on their skill development and participating in the UN Wall campaign which provides a learning opportunity about UN’s core values and messages through creativity and art.

The UN Wall campaign shall be implemented across the country.


KAY2 TV : Interview with Vittorio Cammarota / communication campaigns on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations

Islamabad, 9 June 2015: Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, Director UN Information Centre was interviewed by Kay2 TV, in a special Programme : Sahar Mishi Khan Ke Saath. KAY2 TV is Pakistan’s first multi-lingual television channel.

In the interview he discussed about the role of the United Nations in assisting the people of Pakistan. He shared about the communication campaigns and initiatives that United Nations has launched for the young Pakistanis on the occasion of its 70th anniversary this year. These campaigns like, UN Wall, UN corner and internship programmes provides great opportunities to young students for promoting key messages and values of the United Nation and having access to the UN publications.


Government of Punjab and the United Nations establish partnership for engaging youth in the UN’s communication campaigns

Islamabad, 11 June 2015: Mr. Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Minister for School Education, Higher Education, Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology and Tourism, Government of Punjab and Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, Director UN Information Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance dissemination of values and core messages of the United Nations through the educational institutions based in Punjab.

The strategic partnership will facilitate the implementation of the UN Wall and UN Corner campaigns, organized by the United Nations Communications Group in the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Continue reading


Radio Pakistan – World Environment Day

Today at Radio Pakistan we talked about the urgent need of protecting the environment, including the oceans. We shared information on how the UN is working with its member states and many other counterparts in the run up to COP 21. We highlighted the role Pakistani people can play with the support of their government in reducing air pollution, waste of precious natural resources and deforestation. And we stressed how crucial is the contribution from the youth in the whole process.

Thanks a lot to Olivier Huynh Van, Development Attaché, French Embassy, to Prof Dr Khalid Riaz, Climate Centre for Research and Development, COMSATS, to Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Member of National Assembly for participating in the conversation. And thanks to our hosts, Mr. Javed and Ms. Anjum.