Copenhagen, 11 October 2019
Friday 11 October, UN City had the honour of welcoming more than 2000 people at Culture Night 2019. The 11 UN agencies resident in UN City Copenhagen shared their work with the public and showed how they work towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Inspired by the C40 Summit, which was held in Copenhagen 9-12 October, this year’s topic of the Culture Night was “Live like tomorrow – Creating the world we want”. The topic was the focal point of our activities among all four thematic areas present during the night: Refugees & Migration, Climate & Hunger, Education, Health & Women’s Rights, and Inequality & Partnerships.
In the Refugees & Migration-area, the public got the opportunity to experience up close the cost-effective and sustainable Refugee Housing Unit. Information about how UN provides education to refugee areas through “school-in-a-box” was also given, and the visitors received an eye-opening insight to life in a refugee camp through Virtual Reality goggles. Today, 70 million people are forced to flee and the number of refugees and migrants is increasing. Thus, UN works with protection of migrant and refugee rights.
Through the Climate & Hunger-area, our visitors learned how millions of people are being affected by climate change which, among others, leads to hunger. In a world where we produce enough food for everyone, one out of nine still go to bed hungry every night. UN addresses these challenges through, for example, climate resilient infrastructure and hydroponics plants, which our visitors experienced during the Culture Night.
The third area consisted of Education, Health & Women’s Rights where the visitors learned more about how UN ensures quality education, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health among women. The visitors got the chance to see a real birthing doll, explore UNICEF’s WASH kits and got a look at the new handicap toilets provided to crisis areas.
Lastly, our visitors learned more about Inequality & Partnerships in our fourth area. UN employees spoke about how UN strengthens partnerships across countries, corporations and NGOs, in order to create more justice societies with less poverty and inequality, in a way so no one is left behind.