Iraq features in UNDP's ‘visions of hope’ exhibition

18 Sep 2012

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An international photography exhibition, including photos provided by UNDP Iraq, recently closed in Geneva. 

The UNDP exhibition displayed 100 panels along the Geneva lakefront to draw attention to the links between violence and poverty.  Specifically, the exhibition set out to demonstrate the aims and accomplishments of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development. 

Photos provided by UNDP Iraq, focused on UNDP’s response to those who have been affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war and the Local Area Development Programme initiative.

 “The exhibition was important to show-case the burden that armed violence places on local communities. For these communities to recover and prosper violence must come to an end” said Peter Batchelor, UNDP Iraq Country Director.

The exhibition attracted a wide range of members of civil society organisations, ambassadors and diplomatic representatives, the United Nations, academia and the general public. It remained on view throughout Geneva’s festival season and city authorities estimate more than a million people in total visited it.

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development aims to support states and civil society actors to achieve measurable reductions in the global burden of armed violence in conflict and non-conflict settings.

The Declaration was first adopted in 2006, 112 member states have signed it.