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Special Event: Literature in the service of peace - 25 years of the United Nations Society of Writers (UNSW)

14 October 2014
Special Event: Literature in the service of peace - 25 years of the United Nations Society of Writers (UNSW)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
UNOG Library Events Room B-135
Palais des Nations, Geneva




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Writers have a natural vocation to build bridges between cultures and peoples, to celebrate our shared humanity, our common dreams and aspirations. The United Nations is fertile ground to pursue the goals of peace and human rights, not only through reports and resolutions but also through literature.

The UNSW was founded twenty-five years ago and publishes a yearly literary journal
“Ex Tempore”. Since volume one appeared in 1989, the UN writers from all duty stations have been writing poetry, essays, short stories, aphorisms – vibrant literature in all six UN Languages.

The UNOG Library in its role as facilitator for debate and exchange of ideas is pleased to provide a forum for this event and invites all interested in literature to come to this celebration of the word.



Programme:


Keynote address:

Daniel de Roulet, Geneva author, laureate of the Prix de la Société littéraire,
Prix Pittard de l’Andelyn, Prix Marcel Aymé

Welcome Remarks:

Sigrun Habermann-Box, UNOG Library


Introductory Remarks:

Alfred de Zayas, United Nations Independent Expert on the
Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order,
Co-founder of UNSW, Editor-in-chief of Ex Tempore

Marko Stanovic, President of UNSW

Poetry readings in several languages by United Nations staff



Followed by refreshments

A complete set of the 24 published volumes of Ex Tempore will be exhibited,
and volumes 20-24 can be purchased at the event.







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