#Palestine; #UN; #InternationalDayofSolidaritywiththePalestinianPeople
Palestine, Nov 28 (Canadian-Media): The United Nations has underlined its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle to achieve self-determination, independence and sovereignty.
Senior officials joined ambassadors and other representatives from the international community in New York on Wednesday to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, officially observed each year on 29 November.
Established in 1977, it marks the day in 1947 when the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning Palestine into an Arab State and a Jewish State.
A view of the opening of the exhibit "Palestine: the most universal of national causes" at UN Headquarters. (L to R) are Ambassador Cheikh Niang of Senegal, USG Rosemary DiCarlo, Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine and Ambassador Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu of Turkey. Image Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
No alternative to two-state solution
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the most intractable challenges facing the international community, UN Secretary-General António Guterres observed in his message for the day.
As there is no viable alternative to the two-State solution, he called on both sides, and their supporters, to work towards restoring faith in the process.
“Only constructive negotiations between the parties, in good faith, with support from the international community and adhering to long-standing United Nations resolutions and long-agreed parameters, will bring about a just and durable solution, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states”, the UN chief said.
“What is needed, first and foremost, are leadership and political will. The efforts of civil society and those on all sides who seek to bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians also need to be supported.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his people have endured more than 70 years of tragedies and crises, yet remain steadfast.
“Despite decades of disappointment and setbacks, we remain committed to a multilateral order that respects and ensures respect for international law,” he said in a message read by Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour.
“The State of Palestine will continue engaging in efforts aimed to advance the rule of international law, including through the building of our national institutions, spreading the culture of peace and empowering our people, especially women and youth.”
Humanitarian support vital
The roughly eight million Palestinians live primarily in territory occupied by Israel, but also across the Middle East in countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande called for action to ensure critical humanitarian support.
“This must be tackled by strengthening the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), to ensure that it can meet the humanitarian needs of over 5.4 million Palestinian refugees. It is important that we collectively safeguard the Agency against the political and financial challenges it faces,” he said.
Niang Cheikh, Chair of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, maintains hope that the two-State solution will be realized.
“Despite all the contrary winds, this day will come and we will then celebrate the realization of a just peace in the interest of the Palestinians and indeed all the peoples of the region,” he stated.
#InternationalDayOfTolerance; #IDT; #UN; #UNESCO
New York, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): International Day of Tolerance (IDT) was declared on Nov 16 by the UN General Assembly in the year 1996 after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995, media reports said.
During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town. Image credit: UN Photo (1982)
UNESCO created the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance on Nov 16 in 1995 to raise awareness of tolerance and as an anniversary of that Declaration, IDT is observed every year on Nov 16.
IDT is a reminder to the humanity the importance of tolerance and aims recognize that tolerance is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of others.
The United Nations' commitment to strengthen tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Additionally to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created an award 'UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence' to promote the spirit of tolerance or non-violence in fields such as science, culture, and the arts.
The prize is awarded every two years on the IDT Nov 16 to institutions, organizations or persons, with significant contributions to tolerance and non-violence.
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. Image credit: un.org
Ottawa, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“On this day, we remember all members of the media killed or harmed and all others who so courageously stand up for the media’s right to report freely and independently. Impunity for crimes against journalists must stop.
“Supporting honest and transparent reporting is essential for democratic societies and the rules-based international order. This includes investigating incidents of harassment or violence against journalists and ensuring that those responsible for ordering and committing attacks face justice.
“In July, alongside the United Kingdom, Canada co-hosted the first Global Conference for Media Freedom, which brought together governments, journalists, activists and other stakeholders. Canada remains firmly committed to defending media freedom at home and abroad, and we look forward to hosting the second Global Conference for Media Freedom in Canada next year.”
#GIS; LibraryOfCongress; #Washington; #GISTechnology&3DMapping;
Washington, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): Celebration of GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day would be held by the Library of Congress (LoC) on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response, LoC reports said.
Library of Congress. Image credit: Facebook page
The discussions will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street. S.E., Washington, D.C. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
GIS Day — held during Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18) — is an annual, global celebration of GIS and mapping technology, with events held by organizations around the world. Formally started in 1999, GIS Day aims to provide a forum to promote the benefits of GIS research, demonstrate real-world applications of GIS and foster open idea sharing and growth in the GIS community.
The Library’s morning session will open with a keynote address by Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, co-chair of the Congressional French Caucus focusing on Cultural Heritage Preservation Mapping and Congressional Policy. The morning also will feature talks on the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the use of GIS and computer vision in disaster response planning and cultural heritage preservation.
The afternoon session will concentrate on applications of the technology with case studies on historic building and engineering archives in cultural preservation, advanced spatial analysis and 3D mapping of UNESCO World Heritage sites
The schedule of events is as follows:
Morning: Coffee at 8:30 a.m. with program beginning at 9 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Librarian: Paulette Hasier, Chief, Geography and Map Division
Opening Remarks: Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Cultural Heritage Preservation, Mapping and Congressional Policy: Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas
Notre Dame, Computer Vision and the Future of GIS in Cultural Heritage Preservation: John Hessler, Library of Congress & Topology Lab for Virtual Geographic Environments
Documenting Cultural Resources Through GIS: Diedre McCarthy and Catherine Lavoie, Historic American Buildings Survey,National Park Service: Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.
Architectural Archives in Cultural Preservation: Mari Nakahara, Curator of Architecture, Prints and Photographs Division
The Evolution of Data Driven 3D GIS at the National Capital Planning Commission: Kenneth Walton, National Capital Planning Commission, Policy & Research Division
Drones over Lhasa: documenting UNESCO Heritage sites using 3D mapping and GIS: Will Rourk and Guoping Huang, Scholars Lab, University of Virginia.
Questions and Closing Remarks: All Speakers
There will be an open house in the Geography and Map Division from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Library of Congress, the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, is the world’s largest library, offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world — both on-site and online.
#SALA2019 #artforumsf #SALAfestival #montalvoarts
Toronto, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum SF in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies presented the first ever and one of the largest South Asian Literature & Art Festival (SALA) in the US from October 6 to 13, 2019.
This special event was attended by over a thousand enthusiastic in audience.
The exclusive Opening Gala on Oct 4th attracted about 150 crème de la crème from the Bay Area, who discussed with the International Emmy Award nominees Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover, alongside with Rekha Rodwittiya, a contemporary and eminent artist, Priyanka Mathew from Sunderlande New York, Raghu Karnad, the Yale Wyndham Campbell award recipient.
The opening gala included Dipti Mathur renown art collector and a philanthropist from South Bay in conversation with Prof Sugata Ray from UC Berkeley.
The Tides of their Poems with Athena Kashyap and Tanuja Wakefiled made a wonderful add from the Diaspora artists. Another interestingly engaging panel on There are No Margins – with Minal Hajratwala and Siddharth Dube, made its mark for the quality literary arts curation.
As a grand finale for the literary panels, Professor Harsha Ram from UC Berkeley got into an elaborate encounter with a legendary actor, painter and a poet, Deepti Naval. At this intimate evening, Ms. Naval revealed her life journey as an artist by exhibiting digital images of her paintings and read select poems from her books.
“Our presenting partner Art Forum SF displayed incredible vision and expertise in curating phenomenal artists, panels, and presentations,” announced Angela McConnell, Executive Director, Montalvo Arts Center.
Tipu Purkayastha at the fireside chat format, with Varun Grover, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikram Chandra (via skype) explored the process of adapting Vikram’s 2006 book ‘Sacred Games’ to the TV screen as a Netflix Original, the first Indian web-series to be nominated for the International Emmy Awards 2019.
“Jo Bhavuk hai, wohi to paagal hai”
It’s the mad ones who carry the passion.
– Varun Grover
South Asian Literature and Art Festival celebrated contemporary reflections of literature and arts from South Asia. The event featured books and readings, hands-on art activities, writing programs, art exhibitors, folk artists, Bollywood pop-up dancers, bhangra rhythms, henna, a live Rangoli demonstration and impromptu dance interludes — all interspersed with delicious food stations representing the flavors of the entire subcontinent.
KitaabWorld curated the emerging genre of “Children’s & Young Adult Writers” and Delhi based textile artist Shelly Jyoti showcased her work: Revisiting Gandhi celebrating 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct 11th, followed by a conversation with Rahul and Sandhya Gajjar on the Romance of Champaner (UNESCO heritage site).
On October 13th, SALA Festival had a film segment as the closing event showcasing a short documentary GuruCool by an Indo-Canadian filmmaker Sangita Iyer looking at the Indian Educators in the 21st Century education System. Followed by Kaifinama, an award-winning feature documentary on the life of legendary and progressive Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, directed by Sumantra Ghosal, with famous Indian Actress Ashvini Bhave as the guest of honor.
“We are thrilled with the response we got in hosting the first ever South Asian Literature and Art Festival in the Bay Area! Its success has warmed our hearts - we heard rave reviews from not only the audience but also from the artists, themselves,” reports Ambika Sahay, Executive Director, Art Forum SF.
“My observation of SALA 2019 is that Art Forum SF have woken up the sleeping giant,” exclaimed Tushar Unadkat, Media and PR Director, Art Forum SF.
Art Forum SF is thankful to the generous sponsors and volunteers, without whom this event could not have happened. Please click the link to view high resolution photos from SALA Festival. Photo by Hetal Soni. For more updates, please visit: www.artforumsf.org
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @artforumsf @montalvoarts
#SALA2019 #artforumsf #SALAfestival #montalvoarts