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UN Television Series “UN in Action” Records Episode 1,500

In December 2015, United Nations Television achieved a major milestone with the production of show number 1,500 of its short feature series “UN in Action.” “UN in Action” was created in October 1987 when the Department of Public Information decided that it needed a more cheaply produced short format video feature (instead of the more expensive long format documentaries produced then in 35/16 mm film). Over the years the series won many awards at film festivals. The series helped to create CNN’s well known programme “CNN World Report.” In fact, UNTV was the very first contributor to CNN World Report. UN in Action stories won “best report” at CNN on many occasions. The fact that the series remains in production in the six official languages is truly an accomplishment and achievement for United Nations Television. The series boasts a distribution network of some 116 international broadcasters. Several entities – internal and external – post regularly stories from the series on their web pages and distribute them through their own social media platforms. UN In Action highlights the work of the United Nations in the field and works in close cooperation with UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes. Topics range from peace-keeping, social and economic issues, justice and human rights, as well as many other themes. Stories are told from the perspective of beneficiaries, highlighting projects, initiatives and innovative social development...

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Behind the Scenes of the UN Climate Conference in Paris

As we are approaching the end of the UN Climate Conference or COP21 in Paris, we take you behind the scenes and inside the conference venue, which has been buzzing every day with activities ranging from High-Level meetings and press briefings to demonstrations by civil society and showcasing of initiatives to address climate change. Ten fun facts: 1.) Every day, bakers at COP21 make more than 10,000 croissants to feed the 45,000 participants at the conference. 2.) There are 200 electric vehicles to transport delegates, the largest fleet of electric vehicles for an international conference. 3.) There are “recycling guides” throughout the conference centre, usually wandering around near the recycling bins telling people how to separate their trash. 4.) If you’re lucky, you can grab free organic apples, fair trade and carbon neutral chocolate, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. This last one has its own COP21 flavour “Save our Swirl” which is raspberry with chocolate chunks. All delicious and sustainable treats. 5.) Another less conventional snack at the COP – insects. We saw these pop up at the Espace Generation Climat, and then again being offered at a dinner for delegates. Food of the future? Protein for delegates at least. The label says: Good for the planet and good for you. 6.) A giant polar bear was sighted at the conference centre. Rumour goes it even moves! 7.) A giant hashtag greets visitors to the Le...

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

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...

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UN staff run Beirut Marathon for UN70

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. 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...

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Behind-the-scenes: How Sudan turned #UNBlue for #UN70

Turning a landmark blue is not always as easy as it may look. Determined to join the global #UNBlue celebration to mark the UN’s 70th anniversary, colleagues from the UN office in Khartoum went to exceptional lengths to light up the Meroe pyramids in Sudan. Faced with a tardy technician, a generator too big to carry on their truck and not enough time to rent a new one before sunset, the UN staff had to take urgent steps. They somehow managed to find a small generator for rent and drove without delay to Bejararwya, a small village near the Pyramids, to meet with a technician and driver of the old land cruiser. With lighting equipment less powerful than anticipated, it was difficult to illuminate Meroe, an area with 38 pyramids — the largest number in one site worldwide. But after hours of persistence, the final result was worth the effort — Sudan joined countries across the globe with a stunning image of the Meroe pyramids in brilliant blue. See the full selection of more than 300 iconic landmarks in blue...

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