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February 18, 2012

WCPUN in collaboration with Ana Tzarev Gallery and the Turkish Consulate facilitated “A Children’s Dialogue in the Language of Flowers” an artistic exchange between children in Istanbul and New York. Opening Reception at Ana Tzarev Gallery on February 23rd –


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February 11, 2012

Wings of Hope – 50th Anniversary celebration and 10th Annual Night for Miracles
Remarks at the special event to raise funds for Wings of Hope Medical Relief and Air Transport Program, which provides life-saving air ambulance services and facilitates proper medical care for children and adults with life-threatening medical issues.

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January 31, 2012 Occupy Wall Screens / Streaming Museum

Remarks at Streaming Museum fourth anniversary celebration and exhibition opening of renowned French new media artist Maurice Benayoun at Big Screen Plaza, NYC. Over 125 guests who attended the reception at the Syd Mead designed Bar Basque in the Eventi Hotel enjoyed dramatic views of the artwork on the Big Screen. Shamina de Gonzaga, Director of World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, gave the toast, and Maurice Benayoun and Streaming Museum Founder, Nina Colosi, greeted guests. The exhibition is permanently on view at streamingmuseum.org and will be exhibited in public spaces in the museum’s global network.
http://www.streamingmuseum.org/news/maurice-benayoun-in-nyc-opening-party-exhibition-and-lecture-schedule/

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January 21, 2012 Summary of Visioning Rio +20

January 21, 2012
Summary of Visioning Rio +20
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January 15, 2012 14th Annual NY MLK Interfaith Observance

Participation in the 14th Annual New York Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Observance for Religious and Racial Harmony; Remarks at Saint Bartholomew’s Church. Sunday January 15, 2012.

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Visioning Rio + 20

An international series of conversations exploring collaborative intersections of media and sustainable development organized by WCPUN, IVOH, and what moves you?

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Co-sponsorship of the 2011 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize

Co-sponsorship of the 2011 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism coverage of the UN, awarded by the United Nations Correspondents Association – December 2011

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64th Annual DPI/NGO Conference

Installation of Barbara Holub’s “Blue Frog Society” at the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference.

In follow-up to WCPUN participation on a panel at the Austrian Cultural Forum (March 2011) to mark the installation of artist Barbara Holub’s project: The Blue Frog Society/ A Habitat without Territory at the Czech Mission to the United Nations / Windows on Madison New York, WCPUN, represented by Shamina de Gonzaga, co-sponsored with the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Education of Austria, Barbara Holub’s presentation of The Blue Frog Society/ A Habitat without Territory at the 64th Annual DPI/NGO Conference. The interactive installation inviting conference participants to question concepts of territory/habitat and explore the potential of a world without borders through an artistic lens subsequently traveled to the Galerie Traklhaus, Salzburg, thus transmitting the contributions of the participants of the conference to the art audience. http://www.transparadiso.com – September 2011

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Colores Auténticos de México

Renée Niño de Rivera and Shamina de Gonzaga at the Colores Auténticos de México booth at the Ethical Fashion Show, Carrousel du Louvre.

WCPUN has been pleased to serve as an Adviser for “Colores Auténticos de México,” an initiative by to provide training and economic opportunities to women in La Venta, Oaxaca, by combining their traditional embroidery with modern design. WCPUN joined Ms. de Rivera at the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre, where the samples of Colores Auténticos de México were presented. http://www.unonoticias.com:80/insides/DetailSingle.aspx?PID=275418 – September 2011

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Global Veterans for Peace and Reconciliation

WCPUN co-sponsored the Veterans Club of North Hills Long Island launch of “Global Veterans for Peace and Reconciliation” programme – July 2011