Elyx is a virtual character who looks at the world with interest and good humour. Drawn in a very simple style, Elyx can express a great number of different expressions.
Created three years ago by the French artist YAK, Elyx is published every day on social media and has over 45,000 followers. Elyx does not speak, has no nationality, race or sex, and is therefore a universal character, comprehensible by all everywhere.
In partnership with the artist, UNRIC is using Elyx to highlight a series of international observances as well as the UN's 2014 Climate Summit.
The European Union has been a close partner with UNRIC for some time, organising large scale events such as the European Development Days (EDDs). UNRIC has particularly partnered with DG Devco for cross-promotion of the SDGs, and more recently DG COMM for the Back to School initiative and to share SDG materials. As well as this, UNRIC has worked with the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee in the run up to an Opinion on a European Union committed to sustainable development globally that was adopted on 29th October 2016.
Solvay is a chemical company created in Brussels in 1863. It is now a global company that serves diversified markets worldwide, from consumer goods to energy, with one main aim – to improve quality of life and customer performance. The CEO, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, is keen to play a role in implementing the Paris Agreement, and they are also signatories of the UN Global Compact. With the help and guidance of UNRIC they are committed to promoting the SDGs, particularly in areas of water and cities.
DevCom – OECD Development Communication Network
The OECD Development Communication Network (DevCom) helps governments build public support for global development and cooperation. In cooperation with UNRIC DevCom hosted their Annual Conference for 2016 where the Sustainable Development Goals were widely discussed and they would like to continue this close collaboration.
UNRIC has partnered with Microsoft in support of Pink Cloud and the Girls in Tech initiative, #MakeWhatsNext. For MakeWhatsNext, Microsoft, with the support of UNRIC, hosted 56 events across 27 countries for over 10,000 girls and young women in Europe to create greater access to computer science education for young people everywhere.
CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of around 53 corporate members and 45 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. CSR Europe also goes beyond European borders with members across the globe, and has reached out to UNRIC for information and resources in order to promote the SDGs to their network. In 2016 they hosted a webinar with UNRIC on the SDGs.
Bozar is a cultural venue that hosts many events form art exhibitions to theatre productions. Creativity, quality, and artistic diversity have been at the heart of the Centre’s mission since its foundation. UNRIC has partnered with Bozar on numerous occasions to host film screenings, debates, and events such as the Human Rights Day event.
Ville de Bruxelles
UNRIC has worked with the Ville de Bruxelles to organise various events in the Belgian capital, including the Urban Breakfast for Habitat III where the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Brussels (Ville de Bruxelles) made speeches expressing their support for sustainable cities.
Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights
UNRIC worked with the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights in the process towards CEDAW4ALL. CEDAW4LL aimed at undertaking formative and informative activities about the United Nations’ Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), building upon and complementing the work for gender equality in this area. UNRIC then partnered with them for the final event “CEDAW4ALL: Follow-up & general recommendations” in November 2016 with a number of Portuguese women’s rights NGOs to discuss CEDAW and women’s rights in relation to the SDGs.
World Television Day
World Television Day takes place every year on 21 November; the project was jointly developed by three European broadcasting associations - egta, ACT and EBU - and partnered with UNRIC for the last 3 years to emphasise the importance of responsible and informative broadcasting.
Euronews covers world news and broadcasts in 13 different languages 24 hours a day. UNRIC have partnered with them on their 360 Journalism project, where Euronews is broadcasting UN stories in a 360 video format.
The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe - UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU, governments, the media, NGOs, schools and local authorities.
United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC Brussels)
Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, Block C2,7th and 8th floor, Brussels 1040, Belgium
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