6 October 2023, Geneva, Switzerland - To mark its 60th anniversary, UNITAR is organizing in Geneva, starting on the 2nd of October, a photo exhibition, displayed on the Rotonde du Quai du Mont-Blanc (across from the Brunswick Monument), will illustrate 60 years of history as well as stories of UNITAR alumni who made a positive change in their community. The alumni featured in the panel exhibition come from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kenya, Maldives, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu.  The opening ceremony on the 6th of October (4 pm) of the photo exhibition will be attended by Mr. Nikhil Seth, the Executive Director of UNITAR, Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, H.E. Mr. Raymond Loretan, President of the Diplomatic Club of Geneva, and H.E. Mr. Alfonso Gomez, Mayor of Geneva.

“Our captivating photo exhibition will showcase our journey and impact over the past six decades. I invite everyone to visit the exhibition.” says Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR.

The photo exhibition also includes an Instagram competition that offers 30 visitors the opportunity to win an exclusive tour of the Palais des Nations. UNITAR also invites Geneva's primary school students to explore the exhibition through dedicated learning experiences at the site of the exhibition. UNITAR furthermore invites local primary school students from Geneva to explore the exhibition through dedicated learning experiences at the site.

Guided by UNITAR staff, more than 100 students will visit the exhibition. Coming from Geneva English School, British School of Geneve, Swedish School of Geneva, German School of Geneva and Etablissement primaire des Grottes / Beaulieu / Cropettes, the children will experience a tour with a link to the SDGs. It will not only expand their knowledge but also incorporate interactive elements like quizzes and games, fostering active reflection and meaningful discussions about creating positive change for a better future.


Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, Director, UNITAR

16:05 – 16:10 Welcoming Remarks: Mr. Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNITAR Executive Director

16:10 – 16:15 Remarks by Guest of Honor: Mr. Alfonso Gomez, Mayor of Geneva

16:15 – 16:25 Congratulatory Remarks: Ms. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of UN Geneva and H.E. Mr. Raymond Loretan, President, Diplomatic Club of Geneva

16:25 – 16:40 Official Exhibition Opening & Ribbon Cutting: Introduced by MC Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto

16:40 Ceremonial Reception and visit of Photo Exhibition

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