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 →
An exhibition of work by young artists from across Pakistan opened at the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore. These art pieces had qualified in a competition titled “We the Peoples, We the Arts”, which aims to promote Sustainable Development Goals and provide Pakistani students with a unique opportunity to gain international visibility.
Students of five art schools were invited to develop sculptures, miniature paintings and paintings on “Zero Hunger”, the second of 17 Sustainable Development Goal, for this competition. A total of 64 art pieces were received, out of which 23 made it to the final exhibition, which was first inaugurated at the residence of Swiss Ambassador in Islamabad and was later opened to public in Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi. Continue reading →
The UN Information Centre in partnership with the Directorate of Tourism and Culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa opened a photo exhibition at Nishtar Hall to raise awareness about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The photo exhibition, comprising 102 photos from all over Pakistan, is a joint project of Agence France-Presse (AFP), the European Union and the United Nations and was supported by the Embassy of France in Pakistan and UK Aid. The photos have been organized in 17 collections according to the 17 SDGs. Continue reading →
Press clubs across Pakistan committed to supporting female journalists at a United Nations Information Centre event ‘Women in Media: Challenges and Success Stories’ on the eve of the International Women’s Day.
In response to a declaration presented by female journalists at the event in Islamabad demanding representation in regulatory and journalistic bodies, press club officials announced a commitment to organise minimum quotas for female journalists in their governing bodies.
The declaration, presented at the end of the event, also demanded the provision of basic facilities for women and the formation of committees to address complaints of sexual harassment in all media houses, unions and press clubs. Continue reading →
About a hundred school children learnt about human rights through interactive sessions and games in two workshops held at the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Islamabad on 21 and 22 February.
Students from Mashal Model School, International Grammar School, Roots School System and those associated with the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) participated in the workshops organized by UNIC in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada.
The distinguishing feature of these workshops was the diversity of participants: not only did they belong to different ethnic, cultural and class backgrounds, around a half of them were street children, who worked after school hours. Continue reading →