Lahore, April 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): To mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations, a UN photo exhibition, “Pakistani People and United Nations – Human stories through photography”, opened today at the City Heritage Museum in Lahore. The exhibition, produced in collaboration with the National College of Arts (NCA) and the Lahore Museum, includes two collections of professional photos.
“Pakistani People and United Nations” showcases 74 professional photographs documenting human stories in the main areas of UN work in Pakistan: education, employment, food security, health, gender equality and social justice, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, rule of law and governance.
Commemorating the 70th anniversary, a special section from the “We the peoples” collection presents a unique view of the United Nations’ history and its engagement with people from all over the world since its founding in 1945.
In her opening remarks, Ms. Jacqui Badcock, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, a.i., commended the cooperation and support extended by the Lahore Museum and the National College of Arts in organising the exhibition in Lahore. “For the past 70 years the United Nations has worked hard to improve the lives of millions of people all over the world, including here in Pakistan,” she noted. “We hope this exhibition will offer people an opportunity to learn about the support provided to the people of Pakistan by agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations.”
With reference to photography as a powerful communications tool, Mr. Cammarota, Director of the United Nations Information Centre said: “A single photo can tell a thousand words without the need for translation. We are confident that these images will help with fostering dialogue, with strengthening solidarity and with motivating young people to engage with the exciting and challenging world of international development.”
Mr. Quddus Mirza, Head of the Fine Art Department at the National College of Arts, and a renowned artist and art critic, observed “The multi-sector range of United Nations’ contributions, from development issues to humanitarian work, is well captured in these photographs. In this age of social media and global connectivity, I believe photography is a strong means of connecting people and moving them in profound ways.”
He added that these compelling images have made learning about the work of the United Nations much easier for the younger generation than learning about it through publications. Ms. Sumaira Samad, Director Lahore Museum, in her welcome remarks expressed her appreciation for representation of stories of the people of Pakistan through powerful photography in the exhibition.
She said: “It is our pleasure to be part of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and host this exhibition in the Lahore Museum, which is the oldest and largest museum of Pakistan”. She hoped that the exhibition can help inspire youth to play an active role and contribute to making the world a better place for all.
Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Minister for School Education, Higher Education, Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology and Tourism, Government of Punjab graced the event as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion he said: “It is a great pleasure for me to be a part of UN 70th birthday celebrations. UN has played its vital role in promotion of development and peace. I am also pleased to see today’s event a collaboration between UN, Lahore Museum and National College of Art. Such collaboration promotes mutual cooperation and helps in institutional development.”
A large number of people, including representatives from media, Government, civil society, the diplomatic community and students from the surrounding educational institutions attended the exhibition’s opening ceremony. The exhibition will remain open to the public at the City Heritage Museum in Lahore from 16 April until 17 May 2015.
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Ms. Ishrat Rizvi
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United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)