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June - From Brussels to Times Square and Piccadilly Circus


The month of June began with our World Environment Day video on giant screens high up on New York's Times Square and in London's Piccadilly Circus. This was another joint venture between UNRIC, UNEP and our partner Fabrica.

Meanwhile our partnership with the visionary project 7 billion Others is going very well. After the diffusion of a clip from 7bO for International day of Cultural Diversity, we are working with the Good Planet Foundation (creators of 7bO) for World Refugee Day on June 20. It will be on the UNRIC website with subtitles in eight languages. Another feather in the cap of multilingualism.

Talking about UN Observances, here are some of the ones for the month of June:

  • 5 June – World Environment Day
  • 8 June - World Oceans Day
  • 12 June – World Day Against Child Labour
  • 14 June – World Blood Donor Day
  • 20 June – World Refugee Day

And to end on another positive note. UNRIC had the pleasure of receiving in our premises in Brussels, the first visit of the UN's new Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson during his official visit to Brussels. Mr. Eliasson who has worked, in one capacity or another, with the UN for the past 35 years, was invited to UNRIC for a round table discussion with ten prominent editorialists from major European newspapers. The free-flowing discussion was moderated by Madame Louise Arbour.

And last but not least, for the first time in probably a year, the sun is finally shining in our neck of the woods and has lifted the spirits. Let's hope it lasts!


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