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Open Day at UNOG on Saturday 24 October 2015 - Programme

Highlights of scheduled activities and performances

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10.00 am - 11.00 am
Jazz for the opening up of Human RightsUN Music Club
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
11.30 am - 12.00 pm
Traditional Thai Drum Dance: The "Rabum Klong Yao"Permanent Mission of Thailand
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
12.00 pm – 12.45 pm
“Rebirth” sculpture inaugurationDonated by Maestro Michelangelo Pistoletto
and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto,
the Republic of Italy
Ariana Park
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Jazz sounds for the UN at 70 UN Music Club
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
12.30 pm - 2.00 pm
Film screening: "Stories on Human Rights" Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Room XII, A Building, 3rd floor
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Ballet performance: “Glory” by Andonis Foniadakis Grand Théâtre de Genève
Assembly Hall, A Building, 3rd floor
1.00 pm - 4.00 pm
"EU Discovery trail"Permanent Delegation of the
European Union
EU Stand, E Building
2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Quartet concert: "Wanderlust – a musical journey through Germany" Permanent Mission

of the Federal Republic of Germany

Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
2.30 pm
Inauguration "Villaggio - Terra" an installation created by Italian artist Maurizio Cancelli United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
E Building, 1st floor, near Bar Serpent
2.30 pm - 4.00 pm
Film screening: "Notre Ring" Grand Théâtre de Genève
Room XII, A Building, 3rd floor
3.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Jazz and Peace programme UN Music Club
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
3.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Traditional Thai Drum Dance: The "Rabum Klong Yao"Permanent Mission of Thailand
Assembly Hall, A Building, 3rd floor
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
The Filipino Catholic Community of Geneva Dance Group : Philippine traditional dance "Tinikling"Permanent Mission of Philippine
Hall des Pas Perdus
3.30 pm - 3.45 pm
70 years of si(n)gning the UN CharterUN Music Club
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
3.45 pm - 4.15 pm
UN Choir -  Singing for Peace UN Music Club
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Book-signing of Recipes for Peace, Rights and Well-being by UNOG Director-General Perception Change project & Library
Library, Building B, 1st floor
4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Speed-dating with the participation of UNOG Director-General 4:30 pm - 4:50 pmLibrary
Library, Building B, 1st floor
4.15 pm - 4.35 pm
UN Percussion Ensemble UN Music Club
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor
4.35 pm - 5.15 pm
UN Dreams - jazz and bossa nova UN Music Club
Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor

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  • Attend the official inauguration of the Rebirth sculpture at noon alongside representatives from the UN Member States and children from all over the world.

  • Take free guided tours of the Palais des Nations and the Library.
  • Visit some 80 stands presented by Permanent Missions, specialized agencies and other partners and discover their work and activities.
  • Witness a simulation of the Large Hadron Collider by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
  • Discover the Strategic Heritage Plan, covering the renovation of key areas of the Palais des Nations, starting in 2017.
  • Get your copy of the cookbook Recipes for Peace, Rights and Well-being signed by Micheal Møller, Director -General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

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  • Ballet performance, Glory by the Grand Théâtre de Genève from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Assembly Hall, A Building, 3rd floor.

GTG/Gregory Batardon

    Glory allows the dancers’ bodies to come together in various modes of symbiosis, either fluid or tense, expansive or minimalistic but always with the particular quality of “in between” that demonstrates mastery and quality of movement. Andonis Foniadakis’ love for virtuosity is amply demonstrated in this piece. He has a particular ability to coax an intensity of presence out of his dancers, without ever resorting to pathos, enabling them to be fully in the moment, enigmatic, daring, imaginative and profoundly human. This event is made possible with the support of Vacheron Constantin – partner of the Grand Théâtre de Genève’s ballet company.
  • Traditional Thai Drum Dance Rabum Klong Yao organized by the Permanent Mission of Thailand from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m in Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor.
  • The Filipino Catholic Community of Geneva Dance Group : Philippine traditional dance organized by the Permanent Mission of Philippine Tinikling from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Hall des Pas Perdus, A building, 3rd floor.

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  • Concert by the Tagel Quartet under the direction of Patrick Schleuter from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor.
    Musical programme:
    • Johann Pachelbel: Canon
    • Georg Friedrich Haendel: Water Music (Extrait)
    • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Alegro non troppo aus den Kinderstücken
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 Air & Gavotte
    • Ludwig van Beethoven : String Quartet Op. 18 No. 4, 1th movement
    • Robert Schumann: Reverie Scenes from Childhood
    • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances No 1, 5 and 6

  • A series of concerts by the UN Music Club, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Room XX, E Building, 3rd floor.

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  • The Permanent Mission of Mexico will hold a painting Exhibition Day of the Dead - Oaxaca de Juárez by Mexican artist Sergio Hernández in the exhibition Gallery, E Building, 3rd floor.
    The paintings represent his own visual vocabulary and his own mythologies. The exhibition is complemented by an altar to celebrate the Day of the Dead which is a Mexican celebration of dead ancestors which occurs on 1 November. In 2008 this festivity was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
  • The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cyprus will hold a documentary exhibition, 51 years UNFICYP, focusing on UN activities in Cyprus over the last 50 years, since the first UN peacekeepers arrived on the island in 1964. Door 40 Communal Space, E Building, 2nd floor.
  • The Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China will organize a Chinese art exhibition, Art China, displaying paintings and calligraphy, furniture and chess. Tea, snacks and interactive presentations on etiquette will also be featured, as well as traditional musical performances. Mezzanine, E Building, 2nd floor.
  • The Permanent Mission of the Principality of Andorra will hold the exhibition: Art Camp - Colors for the Planet. It is a gathering of international artists organised every two years since 2008 by the Andorran National Commission for UNESCO. This project aims at facilitating through art the exchange of the universal values of culture and peace that are promoted by UNESCO. Since its creation, Art Camp - Colors for the Planet has brought together more than 150 artists from every continent in the world who have produced together more that 500 original art works. This project is sponsored by the Comú of Ordino, FEDA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Andorra. Passerelle, between the A and E Buildings, 3rd floor.

  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in partnership with Cittadellarte, Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s foundation, will hold an art exhibition, Art for Smart Sustainable Cities, showing the challenges of sustainable urban development and the solutions proposed by artists. Corner in front of the Delegate’s Lounge, A Building, 3rd floor.

  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will hold an exhibition, Uniting for Children since 1946. It will present the history of UNICEF and the progress achieved for children. UNICEF cards and products artworks, activities, anecdotes and stories will represent a creative and engaging hook to take the visitor through the significant results achieved for children through the work of the UN and the global community.
  • The International Labour Office (ILO) will hold an exhibition. Decent Work! Have you ever put yourself in the shoes of a working child, a modern slave or a worker having to daily assert their rights? Visit the ILO’s interactive exhibition and actively participate in the story of our three characters inspired by true events. Explore our multimedia corner and our maze-like game, make your choices and follow your path. Will it lead to "Decent Work"? The ILO is the UN agency for the world of work and promotes decent work for all. Do not miss our interactive exhibition in building E floor 2.

  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Developement (UNCTAD) will host an Installation Villaggio-Terra, created by Italian artist Maurizio Cancelli, E-Building, 1st floor, near Bar Serpent.
    The Installation takes the form of a walk-in cube which symbolises the relationship a village has with the ground it's built on, as well as how villages connect to the planet through trade. It honours the rural communities worldwide and Illustrates UNCTAD's work to promote poorest's countries traditionnal products.
  • Various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will hold an exhibition of photos called NGOs in action for a better world, demonstrating their work in support of UN objectives.

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  • 12.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Stories on Human Rights, proposed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Room XII, A Building, 3rd floor.
    Some of the World’s prominent filmmakers and artists have joined forces to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by contributing to this film.

  • 2.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Notre Ring, proposed by the Grand Théâtre de Genève Room XII, A Building, 3rd floor.
    We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to discover what went on behind the scenes of an exceptional lyric production of the Grand Théâtre de Genève – the Geneva Opera House. You will be taken behind the stage curtain to discover how a production comes into being, from the first sketches of the stage director to the final adjustments on the day of the premiere. This film, Notre Ring des Nibelungen - Genèse, describes the extraordinary adventure that the Geneva Opera House experienced in 2013-2014 in the context of its new production of the Tetralogy of Richard Wagner. During the year of preparatory work, the filmmaker, Chantal Chappot, filmed all the twists and turns of this very special endeavour. Do come and join us for this documentary that will afford you unique glimpses into an emblematic sixteen-hour opera.
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    • 1.45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. : Parliamentary diplomacy in support of the work of the United Nations. Lecture and debate with Martin Chungong, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Room VII - A Building - 3rd floor.
    • 3.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. : What the civil society, private actors, governments and intergovernmental organisations can do against wastefulness ? A lecture for youth, by youth about wastefulness. Room VIII, A Building, 3rd floor. 3 themes will be proposed successively:
      • How to permanently renew agriculture and reduce food waste?
      • How to ensure a more productive use of energy by emitting the least amount of CO2?
      • How to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases caused by the global steel production, cement and aluminum?
      Panel discussion and debate led by young people from the "Model of United Nations" of the International School of Ferney-Voltaire (FerMUN).
    • 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. : 50 years behind the scenes: IDS’s influence on the UN Development Agenda. What next? Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University, United-Kingdom. Room VII - A Building - 3rd floor.
      Panel discussion and debate with Richard Jolly, IDS Research Associate and co-author of the UN Intellectual History Project Series.

    Hide details for Activities in Ariana ParkActivities in Ariana Park
    • The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will demonstrate how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are used to obtain visuals in difficult-to-reach areas or during crisis situations.

    • The UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) will display a tent used to host refugees.
    • Come visit InterSoccer to test your skills at our football speed shoot, and learn all about InterSoccer’s courses and camps for children of all abilities aged 2-13 years old! Find out more at www.InterSoccer.ch
    • Various sport activities will be organized for children and adults.

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    • Children's corner: children will be able to enjoy puppet shows, take part in treasure hunts and quizzes, play games, draw, watch films and listen to stories, among other fun activities.
    • At the International Geneva kitchen stand run by the Perception Change Project, children will be entertained by a variety of games. They can make peace macarons from playdough, toss rings or test their knowledge of International Geneva through a memory card game.
    • Eduki Rally: To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations, Eduki Foundation proposes a rally/treasure hunt for children to do during the Open Day, which will be held in the Palais des Nations Saturday October 24th 2015.

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    • The UNOG Visitors’ Service will provide guided tours of the Palais des Nations throughout the day, including visits to the impressive Council Chamber, the Assembly Hall and the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilization Room.

    • The Library will also hold tours of its premises and will be open for visits:
      • UN Choir flash mob
      • A Visit through Time and Knowledge, 10.30 am; 10.45 am; 11:00 am; 2.30 pm; 2.45 pm; 3.00 pm;
        Discover UNOG's center of international research, the UN Library Geneva - an instrument of international understanding since 1919 - by following a guided tour of the historic reading rooms and its collection From Guttenberg to e-books.
      • Transoundart: an improvised conversation between piano keys and paint brushes, 2.00 pm;
        Listen and watch an improvised conversation between paintbrushes (DESSA, Deborah Sharon Abeles) and piano (Michael Wiener) on the preamble of the UN Charter.
      • Make your mark in the United Nations Archives, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm;
        Make your visit unforgettable and create your own digital record which will become part of the United Nations Archives.
      • The Spooky Ride through the book stacks, from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm;
        Take a walk amongst the book shelves in the dark library - and meet the spirits of the stacks... Attention: Screaming not allowed
      • Speed Date! Ordinary people doing extraordinary work, from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm;
        ...offers a unique encounter with exciting people who work with the United Nations: staff, including those in peacekeeping missions, diplomats, interns, and our Director-General, Michael Møller, are all looking forward to meeting you. A life-changing experience for those who want to understand the United Nations better.
      • Food for Thought: get free copies of Recipes for Peace, Rights and Well-being which will be signed by UNOG’s Director-General Michael Møller between 4 and 4.30 p.m.
      • Discover the bus Geneva meets up with the Swiss, all the day;
      • Visit the stands of the Graduate Institute and the Ecole Internationale, all the day;
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    • UN Music Club (jazz, classical, choirs, percussions, rock/pop) will provide entertainment throughout the day.
    • The UN bookshop in the E Building will be open