First United Nations Fair presents UN projects to the public in Chisinau
24 October 2015
On the day of its 70th anniversary, the United Nations organized a fair in Chisinau to celebrate together with the people of Moldova. Over 300 visitors discovered directly from the source all about the activity of UN agencies and projects in Moldova. The event was organized in partnership with Yardsale, a community dedicated to art and crafts.
“The organization of this fair is a wonderful opportunity for us to communicate directly with the people towards which our efforts are directed. We are taking this opportunity to present and discuss subjects that are at heart of people’s concerns such as green energy, recycling, volunteering opportunities, gender equality”, said Dafina Gercheva, UN Moldova Resident Coordinator and UNDP Moldova Resident Representative.
The National Library partnered with the United Nations and hosted the event, turning into an exhibition center for a day. Visitors could experience the variety of UN activities in Moldova, ranging from justice, defense and promotion of human rights, to economic development, social inclusion, energy efficiency and climate change. Partner organizations, including NGOs active in the fields of economic growth, environment protection and inclusive development participated with stands and activities.
Technological innovations based on solar, wind, biomass, geothermal energy were exhibited at the fair. Visitors participated in paper and waste recycling workshops and in debates debunking gender based myths and stereotypes during creative role modeling exercises. The latter activity took place as part of the “HeForShe” global solidarity movement, meant to encourage the involvement of men in promoting gender equality.
Visitors were also engaged in contests that tested their knowledge of human rights and the benefits of renewable energy.
Children visiting the fair could get their face painted with symbols representing the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, unanimously adopted in September this year by the UN General Assembly. Dara, the Moldovan singer, entertained the visitors in her quality of Goodwill Ambassador of the Joint United Nations Program for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The fair culminated with an artistic program by UN program beneficiaries, including refugees who are settled in the Republic of Moldova.
On 24 October 1945, after the end of the Second World War, the United Nations were founded to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote social progress, better living standards and human rights.
Seventy years later, the UN has 193 Member States and Moldova celebrates the 23rd anniversary of its UN membership.
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