UN Day 2008
United Nations Day (UN Day) is observed annually worldwide on 24 October to commemorate the founding of the United Nations in October 1945. To celebrate UN Day 2008, the UN agencies in Japan presented a topical seminar as well as interactive events for children and adults at United Nations University Headquarters in Shibuya.
Climate change, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the defining challenge of our time. He has warned that damage from climate change has an impact on human life comparable to war. Thus, the issue of climate change is linked to the issue of human security. This year's UN Day Seminar, entitled "Climate Change: What We Can Do", was intended to help the public better understand the range of activities by which the UN is addressing the many problems of climate change.
Outdoor events included booths by UN agencies and others as well as exhibits and performances aimed at helping children and adults alike to better understand what climate change is about.
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UN Day Seminar· U Thant International Conference Hall, 3F
|13:00||Opening Messages from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and opening remarks from UN University Rector Konrad Osterwalder|
|13:20||Keynote Speech by Tetsuji Ida, Senior Staff Writer, Kyodo News, Science News Desk|
|13:50||Keynote Speech Sachiko Yamamoto, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific|
|14:30||Panel Discussion on "The UN and Climate Change"
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Advisor to the UNEP Finance Initiatives in the Asia Pacific
|17:00||Reception (2F Reception Room — doors open at 16:30)|
Indoor Exhibits · in front of U Thant Hall
- UN Global Compact Japan Network: Exhibition of participants’ environmental efforts
- UN agencies brochure exhibition
Outdoor Attractions · UNU Headquarters Building Courtyard
UN Agencies’ Exhibit Booths:
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
- United Nations University (UNU)
- United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
- World Food Programme (WFP)
- World Bank
- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- Global Sports Alliance (GSA) — sporting goods recycling booth
- Uniqlo - clothes recycling booth
- United Nations University Women’s Association (UNUWA)
- The Asahi Shimbun Company
Bring clothes (washed please!) and sporting goods that you no longer use for recycling. Any sporting goods are welcome. The collected goods — shoes, rackets, gloves, whatever you think might be helpful — will be distributed in refugee camps through JICA. The clothes will be reused as relief clothing to support displaced persons through UNHCR and NGOs,and also be recycled into energy resources and fiber.
Play Zone Events
- Children's show on "Climate Change", presented by Oriental Land (at 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30)
- Craftwork corner (make simple craftworks related to climate change)
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