Drumming for Peace, Fishing for Human Rights, Aiming for Development - UN Day 2012 in Brussels

21 Oct 2012

imageUN Day in Brussels 2012 Photo: UNRIC

"I've been coming every year for the past three years and I just wanted to say that it gets better and better."

For the third consecutive year, the UN team in Brussels, coordinated by the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), with the support of the City of Brussels, the Belgian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence, invited the general public to come and celebrate UN Day at an interactive, information village on the Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Over five thousand people converged on the town square to learn about the three pillars of the UN – Peace and Security, Human Rights and Development, to experience the living conditions of a refugee family, to sample World Food Programme emergency food rations (surprisingly delicious), to have their photo taken with the Secretary-General and to receive their "UN Pass".

In one of the "Development Tents", people could try their luck in throwing balls into buckets from a distance that was determined by the dice. The distances corresponded to countries with different rankings on the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI). The closest distance - represented by Norway which ranks number 1 one the HDI - posed no challenge as the balls could practically be dropped into the bucket. The unlucky ones who drew a 6 on the dice had a bigger challenge as they were throwing from a distance represented by the Democratic Republic of Congo, which ranks 187 on the HDI. The game generated some interesting discussions among the participants!

Read the whole article about the UN Day celebrations in Brussels on the UN in Brussels website.