UNICEF Romania events for 60th anniversary
The first event dedicated to the 60th anniversary was held on 5 October 2006 when the 4th UNICEF Gala took place at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest. The event was attended by 400 guests and raised over USD 100,000 for UNICEF to develop projects to benefit children affected by HIV and AIDS in Romania. The main sponsor of the evening was Carrefour Romania.
The planned projects aim to create a single integrated network of HIV-positive people at national level which will become a major partner for decision-makers in the field and an advocate of the rights of children and young people living with HIV in Romania.
The event included a presentation of the latest recent fashion creations of Stephan Pelger, La Perla Prêt a Porter and Laurent Le Bourhis (France). The guest of honour of the evening was Her Royal Highness, Princess Margarita of Romania.
The Gala, presented by Andreea Marin, was attended by personalities from the business community and cultural and social life in Romania.
3,464.1 m of Painted Canvas for the Guinness Book of Records
The second big event dedicated to the 60th anniversary took place on 18 November, when UNICEF Romania and the students of Nicolae Tonitza Art School made their way into the Guinness Book of Records with the new world record for “the longest painting made by children on canvas”. The canvas measured 3,464.1 metres, and the record was confirmed by Mrs. Andrea Banfi, Guiness World Record Ltd representative.
The event, which took place in one of the hangars of Romaero Baneasa airport, was attended by 1,500 children. The painting was the outcome of two months of hard work and it was laid out in front of the Hangar in an operation that took more than 12 hours. The students of Tonitza Art School, together with hundreds of other children from Bucharest continued to paint until the last centimeter of canvas was covered. The canvas was painted with flowers, full of the color and the warmth of the children’s souls.
Mr. Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, Romanian Prime Minister attended the event together with his family.
The entertainment equaled the event – there was music, balloons, there were fairy tale characters, as well as body painting sessions and presents from the sponsors of the event. The UNICEF Partners for the event were the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture, the Nicolae Tonitza Art School, Romaero Baneasa, ArCub and many sponsors.
A new international film festival in Romania: Facing children Film Festival
Initially founded as a symposium on children’s rights and movies, the project “Facing Children” evolved into an International Film Festival after only one year due to the success of its idea and the strength of the productions that have been screened.
The goal of the project, proposed by SIGNIS in collaboration with UNICEF, is the promotion of children’s rights through movies.
In the first section, UMA feature films “Moment of Art”, were screened films on social themes, which have been awarded in international film festivals. In the section UMA documentaries, 14 programmes produced by European televisions or independent producers entered into the competition.
UMA for Adolescents was the section of one minute films produced by children on children rights, during five workshops organized in summer 2006 by SIGNIS in collaboration with UNICEF, CARITAS and NGOs, members of FONPC.
On 20 November, UNICEF and SIGNIS Romania organized a Symposium on Film and the Rights of the Child. The symposium took place on the last day of the Facing Children Film Festival.
The symposium represented a space for debate and vivid discussion about the right to education, how this is expressed in films, the importance of films for children and about the children’s presence in films from the perspective of their right to identity (children lost and found).
The symposium was opened by UNICEF and John Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Maria Therese Kreydi from the Telelumiere television station in Lebanon presented the largest campaign for children ever developed, where 2,000 TV and radio stations worldwide encouraged children to express their opinions in shows directed, produced and presented by them.
The second part of the symposium was dedicated to the exhibition Children of Beslan, and to the presentation of two success stories: The One Minutes Jr. and the One Minute of Adolescence projects.
The Symposium ended with the Premieres’ Gala, presented by Cristian Tabara, followed by the projection of the film Born into Brothels, which received the 2005 Oscar Award for the Best Documentary. Children of Beslan won the main prize of the festival, the “Children’s Rights Award”. It was directed by Eva Ewart and Leslie Woodhead.
On 11 December, to celebrate the day of the 60th anniversary of the founding of UNICEF, UNICEF Romania launched the UNICEF 60 stamp issue, made by Romfilatelia, one of UNICEF’s traditional partners. The stamp depicts the organization’s logo and an image of a group of optimistic children, symbolic of UNICEF’s mission to ensure the wellbeing of the children worldwide.
Also during the event, UNICEF announced the appointment of Mrs. Andreea Marin as the first National Goodwill Ambassador for Romania. In 2007 Andreea Marin will support UNICEF Romania by advocating for the rights of the child and raising awareness on their issues. During the past two years, Andreea Marin supported many of UNICEF’s actions, proving to be one of the country’s greatest supporters of the cause of children. At her initiative, TVR partnered with UNICEF for the 2005 Smile for Asia campaign in the benefit of the children affected by the Tsunami and for the 2006 Cherish Life campaign for the children affected by floods in Southern Romania.