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UN's peace best practice on show

THE United Nations will show its best practices in promoting world peace and development as well as meeting the challenges and opportunities of urbanization in a UN Pavilion at the World Expo 2010.

Program details were unveiled yesterday by a senior UN official in Shanghai as the Expo organizer handed over the pavilion for outfitting.

Before the handover ceremony, Awni Behnam, the United Nations Commissioner General for Expo 2010, asked attendees to stand in silent tribute for the victims of the deadly earthquake in Haiti.

The 3,000-square-meter pavilion will feature a 192-seat conference room, representing the 192 UN member states, to resemble the hall of the United Nations General Assembly, said Behnam.

Each seat will have a national flag on it.

Politicians, scholars and people from all walks of life will be encouraged to make speeches on the theme of city in the conference room, according to Behanam.

A film about how people in the future tackle urban problems and disasters will be played continuously.

It will show that with more global cooperation and new technology, people will have more solutions for various urban problems and be able to survive earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, Behnam said.

The United Nations and its 33 agencies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization, will present a joint exhibition themed "One Earth, One UN."

Each of the agencies will have weeklong exhibitions in the pavilion. A gift store will sell souvenirs.

The UN wants to maintain the 13-meter-high rectangular structure in China after the 2010 event as a symbol of lasting cooperation, the commissioner general said.


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