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Brussels, 30 September: The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women » with Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Special event in follow-up to the UN MDGs Summit

Preview of the documentary:

« The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women » with Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Thursday 30th of September

18h00 – 20h45

With opening remarks by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Roll Back Malaria Special Representative


The screening will be followed by a panel discussion entitled “Outcomes of the UN Summit and the way forward to reach the MDGs” with (by alphabetical order):

Speakers:                       

  • Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria    
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka, RBM and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary General, Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (TBC)
  • Marcus Leroy, Minister Counselor, Special Coordinator for the MDGs, Foreign Affairs Belgium, Belgian Presidency of the EU
  • Luis Riera-Figueras, Director of Directorate B – Development Policy and Sectoral Questions, DG Development – European Commission
  • Representative from the European Parliament- EU ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Closing remarks:   Philippe Cori, UNICEF Brussels Director

Moderator:       Janos Tisovszky, Deputy Director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)

When? 30 September 2010, 18h00-20h45

Where?  Polak Room, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 155. 

Event Programme

18.00
Welcome by Herve Verhoosel, External Relations Manager, Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) 

18h05
Opening remarks by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Roll Back Malaria Special Representative

18h15
Introduction and screening of the film: “The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women” with Yvonne Chaka Chaka (RBM and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador).

18h40
Panel discussion on the “Outcomes of the UN Summit and the way forward to reach the MDGs”

19h30
Closing remarks by Philippe Cori, UNICEF Brussels Director 

19h40 – 20h45
Reception    

RSVP to Roll Back Malaria Partnership
By Fax: 001 646 626 6080 or
By email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information:

Aude Galli
EU Malaria Policy and Advocacy Manager
Red Cross / EU Office
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: +32 (0) 2 235 09 11

Hervé Verhoosel
External Relations Manager
Roll Back Malaria Partnership (Secretariat) – New York Office
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Tel: + 1 646 626 6043

Jean-Luc Onckelinx (media relations)
Desk Officer for EU and Benelux
United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Cellular phone: 32.476/215.485
E. mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


« The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women » with Yvonne Chaka ChakaRenowned Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, RBM&UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UN Envoy for Africa is in Brussels to host the screening of her film documentary: "The Motherland Tour - A Journey of African Women”. Yvonne grew up in a township of Soweto before using her music to bring about positive change for those suffering poverty and disease throughout Africa.

The film promotes the significant progress made in recent years on improving the health and rights of women and children in Africa, as well as the critical need for ongoing support. It is the story of Yvonne’s journey throughout Africa as she met and documented some of Africa’s extraordinary women who are pioneering positive change and sustainable progress on issues including malaria and HIV. The film highlights their personal stories and exemplary grass roots work on issues including maternal and child health, women’s empowerment, education, and poverty.

« The Motherland Tour: A Journey of African Women » with Yvonne Chaka ChakaThe screening is being staged to maintain global momentum on fighting poverty in the build up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Pledging Conference being held in September and October this year.  These critical meetings will provide an opportunity for world leaders to assess the progress and challenges ahead in meeting the global goals on poverty by 2015.

After the screening, a panel discussion with high level speakers from the European Commission, the Secretariat of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the European Parliament, the Global Fund and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will join Yvonne Chaka Chaka to discuss the outcomes of the UN Summit and the way forward to reach the MDGs.

 

 

Cine ONU SCREENING OF “SINS OF MY FATHER” TO CELEBRATE WORLD PEACE DAY

The United Nations invites you to the screening of  “Sins of my Father” to celebrate World Peace Day (PDF)

 

Award winning documentary “Sins of My Father” tells the story of Pablo Escobar, the most notorious drug trafficker of the modern era, from a new perspective: the voice of his only son. For the first time, Sebastian Marroquin (formerly Juan Pablo Escobar) and his mother invite the world deep into the life of Escobar through photographs, recordings and intimate memories from the times of extraordinary luxury and            extravagance to their fall and exile. The film is also the story of two of Escobar's most prominent victims, Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, the Minister of Justice, and presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento, as told by their sons.

Filmmaker Nicolas Entel captures the powerful and historic moment when the son of Pablo Escobar and the sons of his victims, anti-drug trade crusaders Luis Carlos Galan and Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, come    together to heal wounds that have haunted them for a decade. Born into a world of violence, Marroquin’s only option is to search for peace and reconciliation.

 

Special guest for the Q&A session Sebastian Marroquin .

Introduction by Afsané Bassir-Pour (Director, UNRIC).

Moderated by Carlos Jimenez (UNRIC).

 

Time/Place: Thursday, 23 September, 18.30 / Goethe-Institut Brüssel, Rue Belliard 58 , Belliardstraat 58, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

 

There is no entrance fee, but as places are limited, we kindly ask you to register in advance by sending an e-mail with the subject “Sins of My Father” to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . NO registration e-mails will be accepted after 3pm 22nd September.

 

Spanish Queen presides over UN ceremony honoring Icelandic Artist, Actor Banderas

Madrid 10 September 2010 - Icelandic Graphic Artist Stefán Einarsson, today received first prize in the “Unleash Your Creativity” - UN Print Ad Competition against Poverty in an award ceremony presided by Her Majesty Sofia the Queen of Spain in Madrid.

Mr. Einarsson´s entry “Dear leaders, we are still waiting”, a call to World leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals was voted number one by an international jury of designers and communications experts. “I sincerely hope this ad will serve its purpose of raising awareness of the MDGs and act as a powerful reminder to the world leaders to honour their promises to half extreme poverty before 2015,” Mr. Einarsson said in his acceptance speech after receiving the first prize.  The prize was donated by the 2010 Spanish presidency of the European Union.

 

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Briefing by Margot Wallström

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict

From 8 to 10 September, UN SRSG Margot Wallström will be visiting Brussels for meetings with the EU institutions and the Belgian Government.

On 9 September, Ms. Wallström will give one of the keynote speeches at the seminar organised by the Belgian EU presidency on the 10th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Ensuring Women’s participation in Peace and Security.

SRSG Wallström is ready to brief interested media on her visit to Brussels, on her presentation to the Security Council on Tuesday 7 September, and to give an update on the DRC situation and the UN response after the rape and assault of at least 200 Congolese civilians in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Timing for one-on-one or small group of journalists interviews.

When: 10 September, 9:00-9.45

Where: UNRIC Meeting room, 7th floor, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 155.  Entrance: Block C2 (behind the security container)

Languages for interviews: English; French; Swedish (upon individual request).

If you are interested please confirm your participation to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information:

Mattias Sundholm, Office of SRSG Wallström, +32 471/ 48 47 00,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mafalda Tello, UNRIC, + 32 2 788 8456,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Alexandra Froger, UNRIC, +32 2 788 8461,    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jean-Luc Onckelinx, UNRIC, + 32.476/215.485,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



 

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