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Panel discussion on the UN Conference on Least Developed Countries, Brussels, 3 May 2011


The UN Conference on Least Developed Countries will take place in Istanbul from 9 to 13 May 2011. The 48 countries group includes 33 in sub-Saharan Africa and outlying islands, 14 in South Asia and Oceania, and one (Haiti) in the Caribbean.
Despite strong economic growths rates in recent years, three quarters of the men, women and children in least developed countries lived on less than $2 a day, causing great harm to their health, well-being and development.  To make matters worse, recent global food price hikes threatened to create a new food crisis in those nations, where the poorest people often spent three quarters of their income on food.
Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries - logoWhat is the current situation of the Least Developed Countries? With world leaders meeting next week in Istanbul, what are the expectations? How committed is Europe? What does the ACP Group anticipate?
The panel discussion will give an overview of the challenges that will be raised during the conference. This discussion is jointly organized by the ACP secretariat, the IOF and UNRIC.

  • Ambassador Bocar Ba of Mali, Chairman of the ACP Working Group on LDCs meeting.
  • Louis Michel, MEP, and member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed  by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to examine development problems faced by Least Developed Countries.
    (read Mr. Michel's speech in French)
  • Charles Gore, Head, Research and Policy Analysis Branch, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes at UNCTAD.
    (read Mr. Gore's speech)
  • Pietro Sicuro, Permanent representative, International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF).
  • Simon Stocker, Secretary-General of EUROSTEP (member of CONCORD).

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

LDC event in Brussels

When? 3 May 2011, 10.30-12.30

Where?  ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels 

Language of presentations: English and French with interpretation. 

For more information: Alexandra Froger, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel. +32 2 788 84 61 or Jean-Luc Onckelinx This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel. +32 476 215 485 

CINE-ONU, Brussels, 12 April: Screening of REDLIGHT

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To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, the United Nations in partnership with the Goethe Institute invites you to the screening of REDLIGHT on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 6.30 pm.

The documentary Redlight, directed by Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni, set in Cambodia, tells the story of Sokha, kidnapped and forced to work in a brothel, and her brave sister Reena; of Srey Preuv, who has been sold by her mother and of other trafficking victims. Mu Sochua and Somaly Mam, two women who have experienced violence themselves in their lives, are fighting for justice. It is too easy for criminals to buy their way out of a trial or out of prison. And as the case of Srey shows, sometimes even the families of the victims don't protect them. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia. To make this film possible, Guy hired 40 bodyguards with automatic machine guns to protect his film crew and then ventured into the most dangerous parts of Cambodia's Red Light District, even shooting scenes inside the brothels.

The film will be followed by Q & A session with Pierette Pape (European Women's Lobby), Andrea Matolcsi (MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary) and Pablo Espiniella (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights). Janos Tisovszky, UNRIC Deputy Director, will moderate the discussion.

There is no entrance fee, but as places are limited, we kindly ask you to register in advance by sending and e-mail with the subject "CINE-ONU" 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 Monday, 11 April, 5:30pm. If you do not receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail, please contact us again.

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NB: The film is in Central Khmer and English with English subtitles. The debate will be held in English. The film has a runtime of 75 minutes.


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Conference on career possibilities at the United Nations, Brussels, 11 April

Unfortunately, as we have reached seating capacity, the registration for this conference is closed. The conference will be video recorded to be made available at a later date on the UNRIC website.  

The Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs and the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) have the pleasure to invite you to a conference on career possibilities at the United Nations.

The presentation, that will be made by a special outreach mission of the UN Office of Human Resources Management in New York, intends to brief the public on organizational needs and career opportunities at the United Nations for potential candidates at all levels (P2-D2) including concrete information on application procedures, how to prepare for competitive examinations and competency based interviews.

In addition to briefing potential candidates, the outreach mission is designed to provide information to "multipliers", people who may not apply for jobs themselves but who can share, and thereby multiply, the information to appropriate potential candidates. For this reason, Ministries, representatives of Universities, members of professional associations, international NGOs, Media … are welcomed to the briefing.

When: 11 April 2011 10.00-13.00 Arrival time: 9.30

Where: Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Room Europe, Karmelietenstraat/Rue des Petits Carmes 8 Bis, 1000 Brussels.

The conference will be given in English

Registration: Unfortunately, as we have reached seating capacity, the registration for this conference is closed. The conference will be video recorded to be made available at a later date on the UNRIC website 

Presentations on career opportunities with the United Nations:

Watch video recording of the conference - presentation by Head of Staffing Division and Outreach Officer of the United Nations.


For more information:

  • Mrs. Francoise Daniel, Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, tel. 02/501.45.03
  • Mrs. Alexandra Froger, UNRIC, tel. 02/788.84.61
  • Mr. Jean-Luc Onckelinx, UNRIC, tel. 0476/215.485

Living in Gaza - panel discussion, Brussels, 23 March 2011

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) have the pleasure to invite you to the panel discussion

"Living in Gaza"

on Wednesday 23 March 2011, 13h00 – 14h00
Venue: UNRIC, Residence Palace, 8th Floor
Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels
(Please use the entrance C2 behind the security booth)
The challenges of living in Gaza are numerous and there has been little improvement in relieving the difficult circumstances that the people of Gaza often find themselves in. The conflict and blockade continue to impact on lives, as seen in widespread levels of food and financial insecurity, health problems and lack of psycho-social well-being. To inform us more on these challenges and their impact on the Gaza population, a delegation of three Palestinian refugee women from Gaza has been invited to Brussels by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation to share with us their experiences of life in Gaza. We hope that you will able to join the discussion and look forward to welcoming you.
* Sandwiches and refreshments will be offered.

  • Delegation of Palestinian Women from Gaza to Brussels
            Ms. Ghada Al-Jadba, Medical Doctor, UNRWA
            Ms. Siham Abu-Nasr, educational and health programs Support Officer, UNRWA
            Ms. Saher Salem, Communications Officer, UNRWA
  • Mr. Martin Konecny, Director, Crisis Action
  • Ms. Rebecca Dibb, Operations Support Officer – Gender, UNRWA

Moderator: Simone Susskind, President, ‘Action in the Mediterranean’
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday 22 March 2011/ E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 - Tel: +32 2 290 34 34 / 30; Fax: +32 2 290 34 39
PRESS: Media are welcome to the panel discussion and for one–on-one interviews. For interviews please call UNRWA-   Tel: +32 2 290 34 34 / 30, Fax: +32 2 290 34 39, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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