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Children discuss world problems on UN Day

posted on 22/10/2006: 1168 views

This week, some schoolchildren in Dubai got a taste of what it is like to work at the United Nations.

Dubai International Academy (DIA) was abuzz with "diplomatic activities”, as students from more than 66 countries participated in grand and colourful celebrations marking this year's official UN Day.

Elementary school students from the academy staged performances dressed in national costumes, while secondary school students conducted a series of "diplomatic” activities usually undertaken at the New York-based global headquarters of the United Nations.

Young delegates held debates on famine and poverty at the mock UN assembly and even adopted various antipoverty resolutions in line with this year's focus on the eradication of poverty.

"Although you are still young, it is important to make your voices heard about poverty like you're doing here today at DIA. You and your parents can get practically involved in supporting charity, humanitarian or development organisations with money or contributions in kind,” said Ivo Freijsen, the regional head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-Ocha) for the Middle East, North Africa, Iran and Afghanistan.

"You can also contribute your valuable time by volun teering for an organisation that needs helping hands for people in need. Also, here in Dubai there are lots of interesting opportunities to do rewarding things like that.”

Freijsen said it was an honour to be at the DIA and celebrate UN Day together with the 61st anniversary of the United Nations, and to think about what can be done to stand up against poverty and help fellow citizens "who are poor and less lucky than we are”.

Other initiatives introduced by the young diplomats were a fund-raising campaign on behalf of Unicef and a charity drive that saw the collection of old clothes on behalf of the UAE Red Crescent Society. (Emirates Today)


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