Activity Report of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany

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Page 2 Activity Report of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany July 2015
1 UNESCO Clubs in Germany In 2013 the UNESCO Club of Berlin staged a panel
discussion on UNESCO World Heritage in Danger
It was broadcast by a regional radio station
Background and Status
In Germany most of the UNESCO Clubs we founded Berlin Peace Clock Award
during the years 1981 to 2004 Only one the Berlin Since 2003 the UNESCO Club of Berlin has been pre
Committee for UNESCO 1 dates back to the year 1950 senting the Berlin Peace Clock Award 2 to individuals
Currently there are eight UNESCO Clubs in Germany or institutions from all over the world that symbolise
hope and help to overcome walls dividing classes
Aachen races peoples nations cultures religions ideologies
Berlin parties and human beings from one another
Bonn Region
Frankenthal In 2011 the Berlin Peace Clock Award was presented
to Mr Wilfried Lemke Special Adviser on Sport for
Development and Peace to United Nations Secretary
Kettwig General Ban Ki moon
Kulmbach Plassenburg
In Germany no UNESCO Associations or UNESCO
Centres are registered
All UNESCO Clubs in Germany are non profit organi
sations registered under German law Their budgets
are generated from membership fees from subsidies
provided for specific activities from fund raising and
from private donations
UNESCO Clubs in Germany have no paid staff All of
their activities are run by volunteers
Activities Berlin Peace Clock Award 2011 presented to Wilfred Lemke centre
Left Klaus H fner Honorary President of the Berlin UNESCO Club
UNESCO Clubs in Germany perform a wide range of Right Jens Lorenz Sponsor of the Berlin Peace Clock Award
activities The following examples may illustrate this
In 2014 the Berlin Peace Clock Award was presented to
World Heritage Ms Ulrike Poppe Commissioner of the German Federal
UNESCO Clubs engage in dissemination of knowledge State of Brandenburg for the Study of the Repercus
about World Heritage in Germany and abroad This sions of the Communist Dictatorship and to the Berlin
includes presentations discussions and study tours Hohensch nhausen Memorial This location served as
an internment camp and prison during the post war
The UNESCO Club of Kulmbach Plassenburg for Soviet occupation of Germany and later by the authori
example has recently arranged visits to World Heritage ties of the former German Democratic Republic
sites in Germany Switzerland Italy Austria Belgium
and the Netherlands
For more than 25 years study tours to World Heritage
sites have been conducted under the auspices of the
UNESCO Club of Berlin
Berlin Peace Clock Award 2014
From left Gudrun Kammasch President of the UNESCO Club of Berlin
Hubertus Knabe Director of the Berlin Hohensch nhausen Memorial
Ulrike Poppe Commissioner for the Study of the Repercussions
of the Communist Dictatorship
Study tours under the auspices of the UNESCO Club of Berlin Jens Lorenz Sponsor of the Berlin Peace Clock Award
target World Heritage sites worldwide
2 http www berliner friedensuhr de resources The History of the Berlin Peace Clock pdf
For easy access to links in this report a digital version can be
1 in German Berliner Komitee f r UNESCO Arbeit downloaded from http www intervoc de WFUCA pdf
July 2015 Activity Report of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany Page 3
Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall In July 2013 the first one of this series of joint expert
At the initiative of the Ernst Reuter meetings was held in the biosphere reserve of Schorf
UNESCO Associated School the heide Chorin It focused on sustainable production and
UNESCO Club of Berlin took part in consumption of food Think Globally Eat Locally
the commemoration ceremony in
November 2014 that marked the 25
Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin
Wall Some 8 000 illuminated white
balloons were released along the 15
kilometre line of the former wall
Attached to each balloon was an
individual message written by the
Balloon Patron respective Balloon Patron 3
First Berlin Brandenburg joint expert meeting in summer 2013
Sustainable Rural and Urban Development
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the city of In February 2014 the second expert meeting addressed
Berlin was no longer politically and geographically the Relationship between Nature and Culture Is there
separated from the surrounding rural areas that were such a thing as Immaterial Natural Heritage
previously controlled by the German Democratic In August 2014 the third expert meeting highlighted
Republic This resulted in a range of challenges Education for Sustainable Development On board the
Berlin s rapid growth and expansion into the surround Solar Explorer a solar driven boat that serves as a
ing sparsely populated German Federal State of kind of extra mural classroom participants were
Brandenburg led to city dwellers discovering the familiarised with typical features and problems of the
potential of these rural areas as new opportunities and local biosphere reserve
places for leisure time pursuits and holidays
In turn farmers in the rural areas of Brandenburg
seized the opportunity to deliver their products
often organically grown to consumers in the city
of Berlin Opportunities such as hospitality camping
sports study tours and cultural events are provided for
city dwellers to benefit from Berlin s rural environment
In the German Federal State of Brandenburg the
UNESCO Club of Joachimsthal4 is based at the very
centre of the Biosphere Reserve of Schorfheide Chorin
Education for sustainable development environmental
issues and organic farming have been core activities of
that club for many years UNESCO Clubs at extra mural classroom on board the Solar Explorer
In June 2012 the UNESCO Club of Joachimsthal
In 2011 the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany were
responded to this challenge Members of the UNESCO
added to the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathian
Clubs of Berlin and of Joachimsthal were introduced to
Mountains which in turn had been inscribed on the
the forest of Grumsin
UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007
Since then the two UNESCO Clubs have moved the
Following the above mentioned presentations on board
scope of their joint activities considerably beyond bio
the Solar Explorer participants were exposed to the
sphere reserves
Ancient Beech Forest
In 2013 the two UNESCO Clubs launched a series of
joint expert meetings named Berlin Brandenburgischer
Salon These meetings focus on relations between the
rural area of Brandenburg and the city of Berlin
These expert meetings address themes and issues of
concern not only to UNESCO but are equally relevant to
existing concerns of the region
Production transport and consumption of food use of
agricultural resources soil fertility biological diversity
and the potential of rural areas for the recreation of city
dwellers were among the themes
Learning about Natural Heritage the Ancient Beech Forest
3 https fallofthewall25 com https vimeo com 111397344
4 http en wikipedia org wiki Joachimsthal Brandenburg
Page 4 Activity Report of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany July 2015
In March 2015 the fourth expert meeting of the two The theme of the 43 International Seminar in 2014 was
UNESCO Clubs examined the relevance of the Post Commemorating Wars Constructing the Defences of
2015 Agenda for the region Once the United Nations Peace Also it provided an opportunity to recall the fall
have adopted the Post 2015 Agenda What will be the of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago
political implications at the local and regional level
The expert meeting examined this question for the
proposed Sustainable Development Goals SDGs
Goal 2 food nutrition agriculture
Goal 4 education
Goal 11 cities and human settlements
Goal 12 sustainable consumption and production
Goal 15 ecosystems biodiversity
Presentations and discussions held at the Humboldt
University in Berlin clearly indicated that civil society can
and should play an active role in implementing the
Sustainable Development Goals at the local level
Working session at the 43rd International Seminar
for Secondary School Students
The forthcoming 44 seminar in late 2015 will focus on
the Post 2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development of
the United Nations
International Partnerships and Exchange
The UNESCO Club of Kulmbach Plassenburg has
emerged from a partnership between two UNESCO
UNESCO Clubs of Berlin and Joachimsthal Associated Schools the Vocational School Centre in
discussing the relevance of Post 2015 Agenda for the region Kulmbach Germany and the Tophane Teknik ve
at the Humboldt University in Berlin End stri Meslek Lisesi in Bursa Turkey An additional
partnership had evolved in 2009 between Kindergartens
The two UNESCO Clubs will seek to create awareness in Bursa and Kulmbach Several hundred pupils and
among regional policy makers for the implementation of students have been involved in exchange programmes
the Post 2015 Agenda The proceedings and the results between the cities of Kulmbach and Bursa
of the expert meetings are available in both digital and
print format Bursa and the nearby village of Cumalikizik whose
history dates back to the Ottoman Empire was in
scribed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO in 2014
International Seminars for
The Club of Kulmbach Plassenburg is currently
Secondary School Students
engaged in restoring an old historical wood constructed
Every year since 1970 the UNESCO Club of Berlin has house in Cumalikizik
been hosting an International Seminar for Secondary
Since 2012 the UNESCO Club of Kulmbach Plassen
School Students These seminars have so far been
burg extends support to the One World Secondary
attended by students from UNESCO Associated
Schools in Germany and from about a dozen other School Kilimanjaro 5 in Tanzania This private school in
countries in Europe and the Middle East Human rights Tanzania operates along the principles of UNESCO
sustainable development and globalisation are some of
the issues at the centre of these seminars
In 2011 the 40 International Seminar addressed
Global Action Global Networks Future of Youth
Energy but how Participants had the opportunity to
meet with a number of non governmental organisations
among them Human Rights Watch the Society for
Threatened People the Friends of the Earth Germany
and Amnesty International
The 41 International Seminar in 2012 addressed
40 Years UNESCO World Heritage Our World
Our Heritage UNESCO Club Kulmbach Plassenburg
handing over a donation to the One World Secondary School Kilimanjaro
The 42 International Seminar in 2013 was devoted to
60 Years of UNESCO s Associated Schools Project
Education is a Human Right
5 http www oneworldschool tanzania org
July 2015 Activity Report of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany Page 5
The UNESCO Club of Berlin has extended patronage to
a private initiative of Berliners in support of primary
schools and a vocational training initiative in the grass
fields of Cameroon 6
For many years the UNESCO Club of Frankenthal has
maintained a partnership with Sangh Douka a village
in Senegal Daily life for women and children was im
proved e g by mechanising the grinding of corn Animal
husbandry and breeding were promoted and engage
ment of women in trade The construction of primary
and secondary school buildings in the village was
supported financially
All the above partnership arrangements include charity
events and fund raising activities for partners abroad
Members of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany
These are just examples Other UNESCO Clubs in visiting the World Heritage Site of Potsdam Sanssouci
Germany engage in similar international partnerships
A special brochure was published by the UNESCO Club
Dissemination of Information of Berlin in 2012 following its 60 anniversary It high
lights the club s activities during the first years following
Disseminating information about UNESCO s ideals and the Second World War during the period marked by the
activities in education science culture and communi division of Germany and of the Berlin Wall and after the
cation is a key concern of all UNESCO Clubs in fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989
Germany To that end UNESCO Clubs organise local
events presentations discussions exhibitions study In 2013 the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany
tours and meetings with international partners published with financial support from the German Com
mission for UNESCO a 52 page brochure on UNESCO
Six out of the eight UNESCO Clubs in Germany present Clubs in Germany
their activities on dedicated websites
Kulmbach Plassenburg
Last but not least UNESCO Clubs produce print and
disseminate flyers newsletters and brochures
During the annual United Nations Day 24 October the
city of Bonn provides public space for UN agencies to
present their activities In October 2014 UNESCO
Clubs in Germany engaged actively in presenting their
objectives and UNESCO related activities to the public
2 The Federation of UNESCO Clubs
in Germany
The Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany the
Forum meets twice per year These. Activity Report of the Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Germany Prepared for the 9th World Congress of WFUCA Beijing 21 25 July 2015 In the General Invitation Letter of 16 March 2015 to all Members of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs

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