UN Initiatives & International Days

Commemoration of World Press Freedom Day 2013

UNIC Director participated at the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day organized by the Ministry of Information and the Bahrain Journalists Association at the Capital Club on 04 May 2013 at 19:00 hrs.  The event was led by the Minister of State for Information Affairs H E Samira Rajab and was attended by the 300 plus members of the association.  Furthermore, on 05 May 2013, UNIC Director attended the World Press Freedom Day commemoration organized by the Bahrain Women’s Union and the Riffa Women’s Group that took place at the Riffa Cultural & Charity Society.  The event also involved an awards ceremony where ten young journalists from different media outlets in Bahrain were recognized for their contributions; UNIC Director distributed the certificates to the awardees.  At both events, UNIC Director delivered the statement of the Secretary-General on World Press Freedom Day stating that Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and highlighting the theme of this year’s commemoration which is “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”, which emphasizes the need for action to upholding the right of journalists to carry out their vital work.

UNIC Director’s Meeting with Speaker of the Arab Parliament

UNIC Director Nejib Friji received H E Ahmed Mohamed Al Jarwan, Speaker of the Cairo based Arab Parliament who visited the UN House in Manama on the sidelines of his visit to Bahrain to participate in the opening ceremony of the 21st Heritage Festival Traditional Cafes at the invitation of the Minister of Culture & Tourism, H E Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa.  H E Al Jarwan met Mr Friji and discussed ways and means of enhancing cooperation between the Arab Parliament and the UN in support of common objectives and goals in serving humanity, peace and human development in particular.  Mr Friji further stated that he looked forward to the promotion of cooperation between the Arab Parliament and the different UN bodies to the level of partnership to better serve the issues of peace and human development in the Arab region.

Commemoration of International Mother Earth Day 2013

UNIC Director Nejib Friji was guest speaker at the AMA International School’s commemoration of International Mother Earth Day 2013 that took place from 10:00-13:00 hrs at the school’s premises in Budaiya.  The event which involved the active participation of the school’s students within the age group of 06-12 years, featured an art & craft exhibition, dance and music recitals and planting trees, all focusing on the importance of protecting the earth.  Mr Friji delivered the statement of the Secretary-General and further stressed on the importance of the youth’s contribution in preserving our natural resources and protecting the earth for future generations.