Ciné-ONU is one of the United Nations’ most successful outreach initiatives in Europe. It involves the screening of a film relevant to a specific UN issue, followed by a Q&A with reputed speakers - either connected to the film, to the issue in question, or to both.
It frequently offers the opportunity to participants to watch premieres of highly acclaimed, award-winning documentaries and address questions to senior UN officials and other personalities.
The initiative started as a small operation in 2007, screening films to audiences of less than 40 at the UNRIC office in Brussels. Since then, it has grown exponentially and monthly film screenings now have audiences that number over 300. The screenings have been held in many cities including London, Vienna, Madrid, Geneva and Helsinki. To date, over 50,000 people have attended the screenings.
The team has received very positive feedback from the audience;
“I appreciate Ciné-ONU introducing me to such diverse topics. It is always inspiring to attend these screenings.”
"I would like to thank you for your efforts to move society toward being more tolerant of one another.”
Examples of past events include:
“Sins of My Father” about drug baron Pablo Escobar with Sebastian Marroquin, Escobar’s son, as the guest speaker after the film.
“The Fixer: the taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi”, with guest speaker Alain Lallemand journalist of Belgian newspaper Le Soir.
“The Peacekeepers” with guest speaker former Under-Secretary-General for UN-Peacekeeping Operations - Bernard Miyet.
“Human Right Stories” with guest speaker David Roosevelt, son of Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the authors of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Brussels based United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe - UNRIC provides information on UN activities to the countries of the region. It also provides liaison with institutions of the European Union in the field of information. Its outreach activities extend to all segments of society and joint campaigns, projects and events are organized with partners including the EU, governments, the media, NGOs, schools and local authorities.
United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC Brussels)
Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155, Block C2,7th and 8th floor, Brussels 1040, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 788 8484 / Fax: 32 2 788 8485