Friday, 15 January 2021

UN in your language

‘The Destruction of Memory’ - Ciné-ONU marks World Heritage Day!

Introduction by Caroline Petit, Paolo Grossi & Paolo Fontani (left to right)

On April 5th, Ciné-ONU was proud to host Tim Slade, and his powerful film ‘The Destruction of Memory’, at the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels. This event was organised in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to a captivated audience of 500, and was introduced by Paolo Fontani, UNESCO Representative to the European Institutions.

The Destruction of Memory: A fully booked event!

A panel discussion followed the screening of the film, featuring Tim Slade and Diego Marani, Policy Coordinator for Cultural Diplomacy at the European External Action Service (EEAS). Both panelists were lively during the discussion, asserting their passion for the protection and conservation of cultural heritage.

Caroline Petit, Deputy Director of the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), opened the discussion expressing her fascination at how disturbing the destruction of cultural heritage appeared in the film.   

In his opening statement, Diego Marani, emphasized that “Culture is in everything in our life, [it is] essential for everything! We should spread awareness of the importance of culture. It's sad that we have to convince people of its importance"

The lively panel discussion (Tim Slade &Diego Marani)

Tim Slade, a passionate filmmaker, communicated how important film can be for the protection of cultural heritage “The way you can bridge people is through a film. This film was an attempt to see how people protect the core of our experience on earth”.

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, contributed to the discussion, stating that “We need to raise our voices when heritage is in danger, whether it is in times of war, or times of peace”. The audience had the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, and to voice their opinion on the protection of cultural heritage.

'Togetherness' at the Italian Cultural Institute

There was universal agreement that ‘togetherness’ plays a key role in protecting cultural heritage worldwide. ‘Togetherness’ is a concept that UNESCO supports, and the audience were encouraged to lend their voices to the protection of cultural heritage by joining the UNESCO #Unite4Heritage global campaign.

More information about the protection of cultural heritage can be found on the following websites:



UNESCO Brussels

European External Action Service

Missed the screening? You can find more information about the film and future screenings here!

For the handout from our event please click here!!

Why not have a look at event photos on our Flickr?

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CineONU #CineONU

Did you know: We filmed a Q&A with Tim Slade? Find it on our Facebook!


Social Media

Facebook R dark blue 150px  TwitterBird R dark blue 150px  Vimeo R dark blue 150px  Youtube R dark blue 150px  Instagram R dark blue 150px
>> All our channels

externallinks-icon120x120 External links:

→ The Daily Wrap
→ UN Newsmakers

externallinks-icon120x120External link:


infoPoint32x32 Dblue Latest Products:

New Backgrounders:
          Refugees and Migrants
          Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)

Library Newsletter - October 2019
(new websites, information material & publications)

UN Press & Media Contacts

externallinks-icon120x120External link (non-UN):


When the Security Council approaches the final stage of negotiation of a draft resolution the text is printed in blue... What's in Blue helps interested UN readers keep up with what might soon be "in blue".