With record attendance of close to 300 000 people, UNIC Canberra took the opportunity to highlight the importance of 2015 in this 70th anniversary year for the United Nations at Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival. Together with colleagues from the Regional Office of UNHCR and an enthusiastic group of young volunteers and interns Festival attendees were informed about key events on the UN calendar as well current campaigns and UN publications.
The Festival also served as an excellent opportunity to conclude the MY World Survey campaign which officially ends in September. Over the past two years UNIC Canberra has actively encouraged members of the public to participate in the campaign and vote for their future. This year was no exception with the campaign and its voting card providing an excellent opportunity to engage with the public and inform them about the Post-2015 Development Agenda, climate change and climate financing.
As always the cut-out of the Secretary-General was a big draw card with everyone wanting to take a selfie. Overall the festival provided a great opportunity for UNIC staff to interact with the community and raise awareness about the UN’s role in the region and its priorities for the year.
The National Multicultural Festival held on 14 February is an annual event hosted in Canberra which celebrates cultural diversity and showcases an array of multicultural arts, music, dancing and food.