UN film wins 1st Place at 2015 MY HERO International Film Festival

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Every year, thousands of aid workers around the world put their lives in danger daily to help people in need. Join us in congratulating one of them here, UN staffer Ken Payumo, who has received the “2015 Humanitarian Award” from the MY HERO International Film Festival.

In early 2014, Payumo, then an unarmed civilian, was in charge of the UN compound in Bor, South Sudan to which 12,000 civilians had fled to shelter from heavy fighting during the height of the violence that erupted in December 2013. At the time, Payumu found himself facing an official accompanied by 80 armed soldiers insisting on entering the compound. He feared that they would round up and kill many inside. Despite being threatened, he refused to let them in – and the civilians inside remained unharmed.

A short film about the incident, made for UNTV, has won 1st Place in the festival’s Human Rights category and also the Ron Kovic Peace Prize.

A version of the film has also appeared on UNTV’s flagship programme called 21st Century.

UN staff run Beirut Marathon for UN70

Credit: United Nations Information Centre

Credit: United Nations Information Centre

As part of the activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, several heads and dozens of personnel of UN agencies operating in Lebanon participated in the 2015 Beirut International Marathon alongside scores of top government officials, diplomats and celebrities on the sunny streets of Beirut.

UN staff running in the annual international sports event on 8 November chose to sprint with more than 38,000 runners and professional athletes from Lebanon and around the globe as a token of support for, and solidarity with, the Lebanese people and giving them a stronger motivation to stay united through sports.

Under the slogan, “UN: 70 Years for Lebanon,” staff ran the 10K fun race to raise awareness about the UN’s work in Lebanon for the past 70 years, and promote the UN values of peace, human rights and sustainable development.

Credit: United Nations Information Centre

Credit: United Nations Information Centre

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon told reporters before the race, “I am heartened by the number of people who are running with us today. This is a refreshing, active expression of our – the UN and the Lebanese people – shared commitment to peace, and to a safe and stable Lebanon.”

Earlier in September, the UN System in Lebanon announced a one-year partnership with the Beirut Marathon Association on the occasion of the UN’s 70th anniversary. The partnership aims at strengthening the relationship that bonds the UN with the Lebanese people and the civil society, as well as shedding light on Lebanon’s contribution to the UN, and the UN’s work for Lebanon.

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