Though yesterday was a warm, gorgeous day, a large turnout took time out of the sun to join us for our annual UN Day Ceremony at the State House. As sweet harmonies of Women of the World flowed through the air, the room surrounding the Grand Staircase quickly filled with people and buzzed with friendly networking and conversation. The ceremony began with a wonderful welcome and introduction from Alma Morrison, the clerk of our Board of Directors, and Lena Granberg, our Executive Director. Then, our lovely student ambassadors, Ricky Hanzich of Harvard University and Natalie Prolman of Northeastern University read the governor’s UN Day Proclamation and a message from our Secretary-General (read it here!).
This year, we gathered to celebrate 65 years of the United Nations’ service to the international community. We had the honor of having the Permanent Judge of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as the keynote speaker. Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, also known as Judge T, shared his experiences as a judge in prosecuting war criminals responsible for the genocide and other crimes against humanity that occurred in Rwanda in 1994. He expressed compelling thoughts on justice and reconciliation for these war criminals and their victims sparking fascinating discussion and Q&A.
The ceremony closed with an amazing musical performance by Berklee’s Women of the World. This ensemble of women from Japan, India, US, Greece and Brazil combined their incredible voices and music to perform two touching African songs which left the entire room in awe and united with hope for world peace.
It was truly a beautiful day to conclude our 2010 UN Day Celebrations! Check out the pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=92231&id=1438526316&fbid=1656940670230!
Thank you to our partner organizations and all our attendees! We hope to see you again at our future events!
The UNA-GB will be hosting several events in Boston this year around United Nations Day, which commemorates the day the UN Charter came into effect – help us celebrate 65 years of service to the global community! We’ll kick off our events with a brief flag-raising ceremony in front of City Hall at Government Center on Friday, October 22nd at 11:45 AM. The UN Flag will be flying through Monday so if you are in the area, stop by and check it out!
The UN Day Luncheon will be held on Tuesday October 26th at the Boston Harbor Hotel, and there will be a UN Day Ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, October 28th. Check out more details below.
Corresponding with our events, our Student Ambassadors will be holding events on their campuses throughout the Boston Area at Harvard, Tufts, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, UMass Lowell, and Brandeis. Find out more about each school’s Ambassadors and events on the UNA-GB Student Ambassadors Wiki Page!
Tuesday, October 26TH, 2010
Join us on Tuesday, October 26th at the Boston Harbor Hotel! We are very excited to welcome Ambassador Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She has a very distinguished career in the diplomatic service and was the first female ambassador to the European Union. We are looking forward to Ambassador Anderson’s remark, which focus on “Our Collective Challenge: Restoring the Authority of the United Nations.”
This event brings together internationally focused business, government, and academic professionals in the Greater Boston, and recognizes the historic connection between Boston and Ireland. By coming to the luncheon, you are helping to sustain and expand the UNA-GB’s educational programs and forums on critical global issues. Reserve your seat here!
Thursday, October 28TH, 2010
The State House Ceremony will feature a keynote address from Professor Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, Permanent Judge of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Judge Tuzmukhamedov was nominated to the post by the Russian Government and appointed to the position by the UN Secretary General in August 2009. The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was created in November 1994 and prosecutes the crimes of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. This is an excellent opportunity to hear from a high-ranking member of the Tribunal about his experiences and reflections on international criminal justice. RSVP now!
The ceremony will also display the UN Day Proclamations of Massachusetts cities and towns, along with musical entertainment provided by Berklee’s Women of the World.
The ensemble consists of women from around the world, who together create rich tapestries of culture and sound as they perform both original and traditional songs.
We hope you can make it out this year to celebrate 65 years of global cooperation and advocacy with us!!