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UNIC Canberra visit to the Cowra Festival of International Understanding

In 2014, The United Nations was the guest of honour at the 50th Cowra Festival of Understanding.  In keeping with tradition, UNIC Canberra visited Cowra to officially hand over the ceremonial baton to this year’s guest of honour, the Republic of Korea.  In his remarks at the hand-over, UNIC Director, Christopher Woodthorpe, spoke of the challenges and opportunities the UN faces as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.  In recalling the first three words of the UN Charter, “We the Peoples”, he congratulated the Cowra community on its 51st holding of the Festival, calling it; “a clear example of the power of people striving to make this a better world for all”.  The Festival was declared open with the ringing of the International Peace Bell. Continue reading

A Carnival of International Understanding

A convoy of trucks, jeeps, bicycles, tractors, boats and a dove paraded through the streets of Cowra, in regional NSW for the Cowra Festival of International Understanding Carnival on the 15th of March. Continue reading

Cowra Festival of International Understanding Youth Ambassadors Reception

IMG_0974UNIC Canberra joined the regional New South Wales town of Cowra in commending twelve high school students for their community spirit and volunteerism as youth ambassadors for the Cowra Festival of International Understanding at an evening reception on the 9th of March. Continue reading

Unveiling of the Interpretive Board for the Interned of WW2

Japanese monks at the wreath laying ceremony. As part of the Cowra Festival of International Understanding, of which the UN was the featured guest, an interpretive board was unveiled at the Cowra War Cemeteries on the 9th of March in remembrance of the Japanese-Australians who died during World War Two during their internment at the Cowra Camp. Continue reading

Launching the International Year of Family Farming in Rural Australia

On the 9th of March, in the regional New South Wales town of Cowra, surrounded by vineyards, sheep, wheat, beetroot, asparagus and lettuce farms, UNIC Canberra launched the 2014 International Year of Family Farming. Continue reading

Youth Ambassadors from rural NSW visit UNIC Canberra

IMG_3666 WebOn the 19th of February nine young people from Cowra, a country town in regional NSW, traveled interstate to visit UNIC Canberra to learn about the work of the United Nations and how they can get their community involved. Continue reading