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UNOG Open Day 2012

Saturday 15 September 2012 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Palais des Nations and Ariana Park

Some 9,000 visitors flocked to the Palais des Nations under bright blue skies for an Open Day organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva on 15 September 2012 to mark the tenth anniversary of Switzerland’s accession to the United Nations.

Brazilian drums gave a decisively festive beat in the Assembly Hall and children ran in solemn hallways more accustomed to quiet conversations among men in dark suits, while curious visitors learned about solar power and refugee registration in the Ariana Park. When the doors opened at 11 a.m. in the morning, hundreds of families from Geneva or surrounding areas as well as tourists passing through the city were already queuing on the Place des Nations to enter the ground of the United Nations.

The programme focused on democracy (15 September being the International Day of Democracy) and sustainable energy (2012 is the International Year of Sustainable Energy for all). Visitors could participate in dozens of activities, including concerts, dances and other cultural performances organized with the help of member states, film screenings, debates on democracy, exhibitions, quizzes and sports as well as many games for young children.

Over 100 United Nations staff, easily identifiable thanks to their white and blue t-shirts, volunteered their time to make the Day a success, and visitors unanimously praised their helpfulness and courtesy.

Pictures and interviews with enthusiastic visitors are available on the Facebook page created for the event: Open Day Facebook

See below the programme for the day.

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On the occasion of this Open Day, the United Nations offers a true cultural festival!

Dance shows, concerts, a Japanese tea ceremony and a fashion show will be performed on four different stages within the Palais des Nations. These events are organized with the support of the Permanent Missions of Brazil, Burundi, China, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia and Romania, as well as the UN Music Club.

Visitors can also listen to “Story Telling” organized by the “International Organization of La Francophonie”

First-time performances:

  • The Permanent Mission of Italy, with the support of Bayer, BCC Barlassina and Elior, present: “A Stradivarius for the United Nations”, an exceptional concert played on an original 1726 Antonio Stradivari violin.
  • The Permanent Mission of Mexico will offer a piano recital by the world-known pianist Jorge Viladoms Weber.

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Films produced by the United Nations, other international organizations and Member States will be screened in two rooms (the exact timetable will be published at a later date).
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Presented by
OIFPrésentation de la Francophonie
Le processus de Nagoya et l'accès aux ressources génétiques en matière environnementale
Sur les sentiers de l'eau
Mediaterre, réseau mondial francophone sur le développement durable
Permanent Mission of Italy(To be confirmed)
UNESCOPriorities for the XXI Century
UNHCR - TV SpotsAngelina Jolie
Julien Clerc
Barbara Hendricks
Helping Hands
Mauritanie : En quête d'eau potable
Storytelling: Introduction
Storytelling: Scisa
UNTVGenève internationale (E/F)
UNTV - Show 51Burkina Faso: A Filmaker's Quest (E)
Azerbaijan: Preserving the Musical Heritage (E)
Colombia: Wayuu Gold (E)
UNTV - 21st CenturyBolivie : Le trésor d'une nation (F)
L'Égypte écrit l'histoire (F)
Bosnie : Guérir les blessures de la guerre (F)
Kenya : La course pour préserver le patrimoine (F)
DRC : Danser pour la paix (F)

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Click here to have a glimpse of the cultural events organized on the previous Open Day at the UN, which took place on 5 June 2010, on the occasion of the World Environment Day.

For more information, please contact:
United Nations Information Service
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10
Tel.: +41 22 917 2336 - Fax: +41 22 917 0030

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