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The UN Pavilion represents the joint efforts of 24 UN organisations, funds, programmes and international organisations to showcase the wonders of marine life and ecosystems and some of the challenges they face, such as climate change and pollution. Visitors will also be able to learn about the important work of organisations involved in promoting the development of safe, sustainable protection of our oceans and coasts.
Welcomed by a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, visitors begin their journey from outer space to earth, where they see how we are connected to the oceans and coasts, through the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat, to name but a few. The journey continues to the coast and ocean, highlights of which include an oil spill clean-up event and an island submerged in floating rubbish. The journey ends where visitors can choose action plans that would help protect the oceans and coasts. Throughout the journey, visitors are invited to test their knowledge of marine issues by answering questions prepared by the participating organisations.
This pavilion is the second largest pavilion at the expo, second only to the Korea Pavilion.
The UN Pavilion has a large multi-purpose hall (capacity of 193 people) which will be filled with exciting events for visitors and students. There will be film screenings, painting competitions and lecture series aimed at raising awareness and promoting creativity and individual action for the health of the oceans and coasts. Visitors can also meet UN staff and learn about various issues of interest to them, including what it is like to work for an international organisation. If you are looking for general education and active participation as part of your Expo attendance, the United Nations Pavilion is the place to be!
Here is a list of the 24 organisations in the pavilion:
United Nations (UN)
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
International Ocean Institute (IOI)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
International Seabed Authority (ISA)
UN Division for Oceans Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS, OLA)
UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS)
UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC)
UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
World Metrological Organization (WMO)