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On World Environment Day, Caribbean librarians and archivists stand up to beat air pollution and champion for SDGs

  • 05 June 2019 |

Aruba, 5 June 2019. The annual meeting of library and archive professionals from around the Caribbean Area known as ACURIL was hosted this year in the Dutch speaking state of Aruba. The theme for this year focused on the Sustainable Development Goals. SDG's 4 - quality education, 

SDG5 - gender equality and SDG10 - reduced inequalities were the main focus from the seventeen strategic goals that have 2030 as its target date. Acuril programme of activities included papers presented by library professionals and others, exhibits and displays. One of the main messages coming out was the role and functions of libraries and their staff in helping Member States to acheive the sustainable development goals. Libraries and information hubs are central to the dissemination of all forms of information. The have the potential to become multipliers and reposits of data, reports and other forms of information that can be useful to everyone whose lives are affected by the Sustainable Development Goals.

IMG 20190605 WA0002United Nations Depository Libraries are also key sources for finding not just SDG information but much more information about the work of United Nations and its entities of programmes and agencies. They hold limited collections of official UN documents, reports and are working to help researchers connect digitally with UN sources of data and full text. UNIC works with these libraries on different initiatives including promoting international observances and hosting joint exhibits on thematic issues.

On World Environment Day, participants of the event were encouraged by the UNIC to join with UN in supporting the initiative to bead air pollution; the theme for this years observance. Air pollution is a growing concern especially in highly industrialised countries like China and India. They are not the only ones that struggle with the issue though; even in Caribbean countries air pollution is a growing concern as countries like Trinidad and Tobago are faced with the challenge of dealing with hundreds of thousands of vehicles all running off fossil fuels and that have high levels of carbon emissions.Other sources of air pollution in the region include smoke and dust. This year come Caribbean states had to issue warnings for people to protect themselves fro high Sahara dust and smoke levels.

photo: participants at ACURIL, support Beat Air Pollution theme for World Environment Day 2019


Conference exhibitors used the ACURIL forum to launch new digital research tools. Academic publisher Emerald Publishing provided UNIC with insight to it new open access online platform that features research content align with the SDGs.

Acuril continues until 6 June the next SDG goals that will be focused on are Responsible Consumption (11), Climate Action (12) Peace Justice and Strong Institutions (13) and Partnerships (16).


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Holocaust outreach education 2019

  • 03 February 2019 |

UNIC commemorated the Internationald Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (27 January) with an interactive to Model UN Students on the theme of " Dare to stand up for human rights" at one of their training sessions in St. Augustine, Trinidad. Studens were encouraged to express their opinions about the lessons learned from the history of the Holocaust and what they feel is important about demanding their human rights.

On 29 January the students from a secondary school in Port of Spain visit the UNIC to view the film titled- "Who will write our history". The film douments efforts by an underground movement of Jews to document their own experiences to counter the growing spread of Nazi propaganda. The students were also introduced to the Butterfly Project. Those who felt moved enough to create their own, took materials back with them and have are to return the completed projects to the Centre for display.

30 January to 3 February - UNIC in partnership with the UN Depository Library at the Alma Jordan Library on the University of the West Indies Campus hosted an exhibit on the Holocaust on the ground floor of thte main.  Staff and students from the university came to visit the exhibit and enage in dialogue with UNIC about human rights, UN and the Holocaust.


 images from the activites for 2019





UNDL Suriname launches Holocaust exhibit

  • 28 January 2015 |

27 January 2015 - the United Nations Depositary Library in the Univeristy of Suriname in Paramaribo today lauched its exhibit in observance of the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.  The Director of the Library who is also the President of ACURIL 2014 -2015  and her staff put together a the exhibit and hosted a ceremony on the Day proper, the exhibit includes personal stories, videos and books that give a background of the Holocaust and the events sorrounding Europe at the time of the Nazi invasion of Europe. In 2014 this Depositary Library agreed to support the United Nations Department of Public Information's outreach by hosting a small permanent collection of Holocaust education materials that can be accessed by the public.  Pleaes contact the staff for more information. 

P.O. Box 9212
Leysweg 86
Tel. 597-464547
Fax: 597-434211

For more information on the United Nations outreach education programme on the Holocaust visit the official webpage.


Univerisity of Suriname Photobook for Holocaust Remembrance 2015


   {module University of Suriname Holocaust photobook}


UN Day (2010) at UNDL in Suriname

  • 24 May 2013 |

"UN DAY – Greening the Blue” exhibitions




The Library of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (UB) has the status of United Nations (UN) Depository Library since 1986, which means promoting UN services and activities.


Theme:    Greening the Blue

Purpose:    Promote the UN Publications dealing with “greening your environment”, in particular the E-Books

Duration:    from October 24 until October 25, 2011

Time:        08.00 - 20.30h.

Location:    Central Library

Organization:    University Library



For the execution of this exhibition the Director of the University Library, Jane W.F. Smith, installed a team led by Ingrid Dors and complemented with the following co-workers Julia Grootfaam, Lucille Lijkwan and Bert Alikromo.

This team was responsible for the preparation, literature search, exploration of the UN Day website and setting up the exhibition: download posters, e-books, wallpapers, animated film, power point presentation and flyer.


"Greening the Blue" was launched in 2010 to get an environmental 'awareness' process started, with sustainable management in both the UN staff and other stakeholders as the ultimate goal.


The exhibit would also feature documents (hard copy, e-books), posters and online databases (e.g. UNDOC),  which served to increase the awareness and use of e-documents in the Library.


The message of the UB: “Go green, don’t print unless necessary”



The “UN DAY” exhibition was announced in the university’s weekly “AdeKUS notes” and the communiqué was placed on the website of the University Library.

The daily newspaper De West and the local TV channel ATV were present at the opening of the “UN DAY” exhibition to cover this event for the general public.


The expo was opened by Jane W.F. Smith, Director of the University Library. In her opening speech she emphasized the purpose of the exhibition which was creating a greater awareness of the environment, starting in the Library of the University of Suriname.

This was displayed with the benefit of E-Books by promoting the UN Publications dealing with “greening your environment”.

After pressing the button for the Power point presentation “Greening the Blue”, the exhibition was declared open for the public.


Because of the location of the expo (the space between the cyber hall and the reproduction unit), many visitors paid attention to the exhibition but didn’t sign in the guestbook. According to the statistics of these departments these visitors numbered in total 104.

The number of registered visitors: 26.


the Original Document wast made by Bert Alikromo, team member

Paramaribo, November 01, 2011

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