Area: Belfast, Northern Ireland
UNA Northern Ireland approached all their local authorities and encouraged them to commemorate their community's contribution to the UN. Since then they have been busy with events and presenting commemorative charters to local Mayor's. Judith Fawcett, from UNA Northern Ireland, told us how schools had been "most enthusiastic" to participate in the project and relished the opportunity to highlight the international work they undertake. As well as presenting charters to their local authorities, UNA Northern Ireland also had an exhibition in the 18th century Linen Hall Library in Belfast.
Here are some of the local links that Northern Ireland have with the UN:
- HMS Belfast (built in Harland & Wolff's shipyard, Belfast) formed part of the first UN deployment of a naval force, during the Korean War in the 1950s.
- UNESCO has named Northern Irelands Giant Causeway as of "outstanding universal value" and designated it a World Heritage Site.
- Belfast has been host to a number of UN conferences. Such as a unique conference commemorating the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); and The International Coordination Meeting of the UNCTAD.