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Philippines celebrates 70th Anniversary of the United Nations

UN70: Strong UN. Better World

Manila, 23 October 2015 – ‘Strong UN. Better World.” is the global theme as the United Nations (UN) marks its 70th anniversary on 24 October 2015.  The UN Philippines in collaboration with the Government of the Philippines is holding a series of activities to celebrate seven decades of partnership.

“The year 2015 is momentous for the United Nations. The development agenda for the coming 15 years has just been agreed by Member States – including the Philippines – the 2030 Agenda encapsulated in the shape of Sustainable Development Goals or the Global Goals,” UN Philippines Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren said today in his welcome remarks in a Department of Foreign Affairs and UN joint event held at the SM Mall of Asia to celebrate UN70.  The event was joined by senior Government and UN officials, diplomats and dignitaries, partners and the media.

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UN launches search for 10 “Intercultural Innovation” Awardees

The ten best community-based organizations that are working to alleviate identity-based tensions and conflicts around the world using innovative methods will be chosen in the fourth Intercultural Innovation Award that is being organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group. Candidates may apply online at on or before 30 September 2015 at 5:00pm in New York.

Awardees will be given a financial contribution to help their project expand and replicate, with a first prize of USD 40 000. They will also take part in a one-year support program that includes training and capacity-building, increased visibility, access to a network of change makers working in intercultural dialogue and ongoing project-specific mentoring.

“Honoring grassroots organizations that are deeply committed to improving relations across communities and people lies at the core of the Alliance’s work. That we are doing in this partnership with the BMW Group is further evidence of the innovative approaches we pursue,” said H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Added Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President Corporate Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications at BMW Group, “Our commitment to the awardees extends beyond financial support to include every relevant resource we can offer. This can make the crucial difference in turning an idea into a reality that improves peoples’ lives.”

Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between the UNAOC and BMW Group. With the overarching aim of helping people to help themselves, the two partners jointly mobilize their resources, time, and networks to support awardees. This new model of collaboration between the UN and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project. For the third edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award, more than 600 applications were received from over 100 different countries.

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UN and DFA call for applications to the Philippines’ first ever Model UN Academy

The United Nations (UN) in the Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs – UN and Other International Organizations Division (DFA-UNIO), is calling for applications to the Philippines’ First-Ever Model UN Academy, to be held on 4-5 November 2015.

The Model UN Academy is a Training Programme for student leaders of colleges and universities all over the Philippines, whose objective is to equip them with the knowledge and skills to organize Model UN (MUN) Conferences in their respective colleges/universities.

The Philippines’ Model UN Academy is part of the year-long celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), or UN70.

What is a Model UN Conference?

A Model UN (MUN) Conference is a simulation of how the UN works, specifically through the General Assembly (GA), the UN Security Council (SC), and other UN decision-making bodies.

MUN Conferences are an outgrowth of simulations of the League of Nations that date back to the 1920‘s. The first time that a Model UN conference was co-sponsored by the UN was in August 2000 at UN Headquarters in New York. Almost a decade later, the UN Department of Public Information organized three Global Model UN (GMUN) Conferences in Geneva, Kuala Lumpur and Incheon from 2009-2011, respectively.

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Media Advisory: Calling professional and amateur journalists to join the Lorenzo Natali Media Contest

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Professional and amateur journalists, including bloggers–working online, on print, radio, TV and blogs–are invited to submit their work for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, by 31 August 2015. Winners will be awarded in Brussels in December 2015 and will receive a cash prize of 5000 euros, or over a quarter of a million pesos.

The Prize rewards outstanding contributions by journalists who report on development and eradication of poverty.
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize will be awarded to one amateur and one professional journalist from the following five regions: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Arab World, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Asia and the Pacific.

An independent Grand Jury will also consider all the regional winners for the additional €5,000 Grand Prize. The winners will be revealed and honoured at an award ceremony in Brussels in December 2015.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: World Humanitarian Day 2015 celebration in Manila

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International and local humanitarian partners to pay tribute to the achievements and sacrifice of aid workers worldwide and celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.


Mark Bidder, Acting Head, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Philippines

Gwendolyn Pang, Secretary General, Philippine Red Cross (PRC)

Tessa Prieto, PRC Celebrity Volunteer and Fundraiser

Pinky Marquez, PRC Celebrity Volunteer

Princess Manzon, Director of Campaigns and Advocacy, Miss Earth Foundation

Harry Morris, Member of Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team


Wednesday, 19 August at 4:00-6:30pm


SM Megamall Atrium (2nd floor), Mandaluyong City, Manila

Humanitarians to call for public action to join global #ShareHumanity campaign and premiere SURGE film to showcase resilience programmes in the Philippines

UN agencies, international NGOs and the Red Cross movement will call for public action to join #ShareHumanity social media campaign to share inspiring stories of aid workers and communities affected by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

The event will premiere a film by Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) project, which helps high-risk communities of the Philippines to build resilience to disasters. The film will showcase effective disaster risk reduction practices around the country. Participating agencies will share moving examples of their humanitarian operations in the country and how one can take action to support the movement

Expected photo opportunities: Pinky Marquez and Tessa Prieto to call participants to join #ShareHumanity social media campaign and share their story of humanitarian work in the Philippines. Harry Morris and Princess Manzon to introduce the SURGE film.

Contact: Madoka Koide, Associate Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UNOCHA Philippines, +63 2 843 7688 (office), +63 917 597 4722 (mobile),