We have lost a human rights giant. News of the death of Asma Jahangir today is echoing within her native Pakistan and across the world. She was a tireless advocate for inalienable rights of all people and for equality – whether in her capacity as a Pakistani lawyer in the domestic justice system, as a global civil society activist, or as a Special Rapporteur.
Asma was brilliant, deeply principled, courageous and kind. I convey my heartfelt condolences to Asma’s family, friends and colleagues, including in the United Nations and civil society within which she was such a leader. Asma will not be forgotten.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights entered the 70th year of its existence on 10 December 2017, the International Human Rights Day.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva (FIFDH), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) joined forces to launch ‘Human Rights Film Tour’ an international tour spread over 45 countries including Zimbabwe, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba and Guatemala. Continue reading →
We the Peoples, We the Arts is a competition aimed at involving young artists to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through visual arts. It is a joint initiative of the Embassy of Switzerland, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).
First launched in 2016, We the Peoples, We the Arts involved students of leading art schools across Pakistan. The students produced sculptures, paintings and miniature paintings, highlighting the theme of Zero Hunger, the second of 17 SDGs. Twenty-three finalists participated in the award ceremony held in Islamabad in November 2016. International contemporary experts including Alexie Glass-Cantor, Executive Director of Artspace Sydney and Curator of Encounters Art Basel Hong Kong; Priyanka Mathew, Principal Partner at Sunderlande New York; Karin Seiz, Co-Director of Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing and Lucerne; and Heike Munder, Director of Migros Museum for Contemporary Art in Zurich selected three winner from among the finalists. The jury also included representatives from the Swiss Embassy and the United Nations. Artworks from all the 23 finalists were featured in a high-end catalogue (http://bit.ly/2gamj46) and have been exhibited throughout Pakistan. To build on the success of this initiative, partners have decided to launch a second edition and expand participation and thematic areas of the competition.
We are pleased to invite currently enrolled fine arts students to participate in We the Peoples, We the Arts 2018. The deadline for registration is 15 December. If you need more information, please feel free to Ishrat Saleem at email@example.com.
Students from Fatima Jinnah Women University celebrated UN Day with female ambassadors, heads of cooperation agencies and heads of UN agencies. Some 120 students got a chance to interact with the speakers in small groups, hear their stories, ask questions and be inspired.
On 13 September 2017, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, launched his new strategy on gender parity, as a start to a system-wide campaign to advance this priority at the United Nations. Gender equality is central to the 2030 Agenda of for Sustainable Development, the global plan agreed by leaders of all countries to meet the challenges we face. However according to the statistics, globally, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for work of equal value. The gap is even wider when it comes to the presence of women in the leadership roles. The number of women decreases as the seniority level of the role increases.
United Nations Information Centre planned this event on UN day to introduce young women of FJWU with positive female role models, holding leadership positions in their respective organizations. In order to keep the discussion informal and interactive, students were divided into eight groups, while each group was led by a speaker. The dialogue proved to be a learning experience for the students as well as the speakers who better understood the worldview and unique challenges faced by young Pakistani Women after the conversation.
We have a commitment to open 50 UN corners in government universities throughout Pakistan by the end of this year Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It wouldn’t have been possible without support from our partner organizations, SDC and HEC.
The UN member states including Pakistan, adopted a set of 17 goals called SDG’s to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
With the establishment of UN Corners, United Nations Information Centre aims to provide university students, access to information on SDGs related priority areas of the work of the UN globally and in Pakistan, and it will also serve as a single reference point for all the information material regarding UN for university students teachers and researchers.
The photo exhibition that looks at the lives of ordinary Pakistanis through the lens of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) opened to public at the Sadequain Art Gallery, Frere Hall, Karachi on 24 May. The exhibit, “Pakistan Sustaining Development: Human Stories through Photography,” comprises 102 photos taken throughout the country and organized into 17 collections that reflect the UN’s development goals. This is the final exhibition of these pictures and will remain open through 07 June. Continue reading →
A photo exhibition that looks at the lives of Pakistanis through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) opened to public on Tuesday at the Lahore City Heritage Museum.
The exhibit, “Pakistan Sustaining Development: Human Stories through Photography,” comprises 102 photos taken throughout the country and organized into 17 collections that reflect the UN’s development goals. It will remain open through 21 April. Continue reading →