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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



 

Invitation to a panel discussion: Countering terrorism

 Invitation to a panel discussion on:

Countering terrorism: is a strategic approach working?

While intellectual debates and analysis continue on the exact nature of the threat, the evolvement, rise and decline of various terrorist groups and organizations, ongoing bombings and indiscriminate violence against civilians are daily reminders and constant proof of terrorism continuing to remain one of the key security challenges of our world.  Countering terrorism remains on the priority list of almost all countries – it is a key peace and security challenge for the United Nations just as much as it is an issue for major regional organizations including the European Union.

The past half decade has seen a shift from over-reliance on only military, security or law enforcement methods to a more complex strategic approach to tackling terrorism looking at ways to prevent terrorist incidents by also focusing on the softer aspects of countering the condition conducive to the spread of terrorism as well as taking into consideration the respect of human rights and the rule of law in combating this menace. The European Union adopted its four pillar counter terrorism strategy of prevent, protect, pursue and respond in December 2005. A year later, in September 2006 all member states of the United Nations agreed for the first time to take a truly global and strategic approach to countering terrorism through a practical plan of action containing close to fifty specific and action-oriented points to take.

The panel discussion -- which comes just a week after the UN General Assembly’s review of the implementation of the global strategy -- will look at what have been the practical benefits of shifting to a strategic approach in tackling terrorism, building on the experience of both the EU’s regional work and the UN’s overall global efforts as well as looking at what possible difficulties such a more complex approach to countering terrorism may have brought with it.

Who?

-Jean-Paul Laborde, Chair of the UN Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force;

-Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator ;

-Thomas Baekelandt, Counter-terrorism Coordinator, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 

-Professor Rik Coolsaet, Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Ghent.

The panel members will give short 7-10 minute introductions followed by a debate moderated by Janos Tisovszky, Deputy Director, UNRIC.


When?
15 September 2010, 18.15-20.00

Where?  International Press Centre, Maelbeek room, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 155.  


Language of presentations:
English.  


Registration:
   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

For more information:

Alexandra Froger This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Tel. +32 (0)2 788.84.61

Jean-Luc Onckelinx This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Tel. +32 (0) 476 215 485

 

Invitation to a panel discussion on: Millennium Development Goals

 Millennium Development Goals: with world leaders meeting in two weeks, how committed is Europe?

Ten years on from the original adoption of the MDGs at the 2000 Millennium Summit, and despite remarkable progress in some countries, collectively the world is falling short in their achievement. The consequence of these shortfalls, further aggravated by the combined effects of the global food, climate, energy and economic crises, is that improvements in the lives of the poorest are happening at an unacceptably slow pace and in some countries, hard fought gains are being eroded.

If the MDGs are to be achieved by 2015, not only must the level of financial investment be increased but innovative, sustained and broadly supported programmes and policies aimed at overall development and economic and social transformation must be rapidly scaled up and replicated.  There is clearly an urgency to address challenges, acknowledge failures and come together to overcome the obstacles to their achievement. This will require the embrace of pioneering ideas and political will on the part of governments, their development partners and representatives of civil society.

The meeting of world leaders at the United Nations on 20 September presents a crucial opportunity for the international community to agree on an action plan of what needs to be done to meet the MDGs by 2015. Given the huge contribution of the European Union and its member states to development cooperation, the European Union will have a significant bearing on the outcome of the MDG summit.

This brainstorming intends to answer the questions: Where do we stand in the light of the latest UN reports? Does the financial crisis have an impact on the EU’s contribution and ultimately what needs to be done by the EU and the international community to meet their commitments?

Who?

-Rudi Delarue Director, ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries;

-Françoise Moreau, Director ad interim DEV.A EU Development Policy: Horizontal Issues DG Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States European Commission.

-Marcus Leroy, Minister Counsellor, Special Coordinator for the MDGs, Foreign Affairs Belgium - DG Development

-Natalia Alonso, Head of Plan EU Liaison Office.

The panel members will give short 7-10 minute introductions followed by a debate moderated by Janos Tisovszky, Deputy Director, UNRIC.


When?
7 September 2010, 18.00-19.30

Where?  UNRIC meeting room, 8th floor, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 155.  Entrance block C2 (behind the Security Container)
 

Language of presentations: English.  

Registration:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


For more information:

Alexandra Froger This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Tel. +32 (0)2 788.84.61

Jean-Luc Onckelinx This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Tel. +32 (0) 476 215 485

 

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