Published On: Mon, Oct 26th, 2015

Corps Consulaire Curaçao celebrates 70th anniversary of United Nations

UN Day 2015WILLEMSTAD - The Consular Corps of Curaçao celebrated 7 decades of existence of the United Nations and Consular Day at Fort Nassau.

A very unusual and particular celebration since the guest speakers this time were not only the Prime Minister and the dean of the Consular Corps, but also three young students who participated in a speech contest organized by the Consular Corps of Curaçao.

Earlier this year, the board came with the idea of letting young students of all secondary schools of Curaçao write a speech on a topic related to the United Nations.  In this way the Consular Corps wanted to raise awareness amongst the youth about the United Nations and what it stands for, and to provide a platform for the youth to give their opinion and let their voices be heard.

The winner of the contest was Elizabeth Fleet with Syari Sinlay and Kashyapi Joshipura in second and third place. They all chose the topic “Ensuring a life with Dignity)” All contestants showed their concern about the magnitude of injustice reigning in this world and feel that, as young people, they are the ones who can make the difference if they raise their voices to make more and more people aware that time for change has arrived. All three contestants agree that we have to start here, on our little island, where we already have all ingredients to start a better living since we are taught from birth respect for the different, being a multicultural community.

Mrs. Irene Dick, Minister of Education, was one of the supporters and members of the jury together with Marva Brown, Secretary General of the Curacao National Commission for UNESCO and Solmaz Sharifi, the US Vice Consul. She congratulated the contestants for their important contribution and said she hopes that their example will be inspiring for others in the future.

While listening to the speeches of contestants, The Governor, The Prime Minister, President of Parliament, Minister of Education, and other governmental authorities and members of the Corps enjoyed an exquisite lunch in the wonderful frame of Fort Nassau. All guests congratulated the Dean, Anne-Marie Pietersz-Powell for a successful celebration on United Nations Day.

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