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29 October 2014 - We would like to thank everyone who contributed to an amazing United Nations Day 2014! Today, UNRIC revisits the UN Debate in the Brussels' City Hall and the big festivities at the Grand Place in Brussels.

Panel UN Day 2017 / L. Cammillucci

On Friday 24 October 2014, the UN team in Brussels together with the City of Brussels organised a debate on the theme of 'Green Cities'.


In light of the Post-2015 agenda, and to keep the Climate Momentum until COP21 in Paris next year, panel members answered a series of questions gathered from the 'Man on the Street' focusing on sustainability and in particular on the role of Cities and the Climate.

 Ms. Georgieva, a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion


The ceremony ended with a personal homage to Ms. Kristalina Georgieva for her role as EU Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, and her extraordinary dedication to Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Champion Prize prize to commissioner Georgieva was presented by Ms. Margareta Wahlström in her quality as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.

A big UN celebration

UN Day - Brussels 2014 / Elliot Moscowitz

On Sunday 26 October 2014, thousands of people celebrated UN Day together with our 26 UN agencies and our partners at the Grand Place in Brussels.

In a family friendly and festive atmosphere, the UN team organised a series of activities and information stands in front of the City Hall, offering information about the role of the UN agencies in Belgium.

The focus on ‘Green Cities’ for this year’s edition of this public event provided an opportunity to highlight the actions that the UN undertakes for sustainable development and in the fight against climate change.


UNThe public discovered how the work of the UN affects their daily lives, and how they can personally get involved.

Visitors enjoyed a visit to the unique urban garden, gathered tips & tricks for a sustainable lifestyle and tasted their first bugs at the Insect Tapas Bar.


Do you want to know more about the UN Debate in the Brussels' City Hall or revisit UN Day at the Grand Place? UNRIC has published its best pictures online!

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