Thursday, November 20, 2008

UN raises some money and spends some money

Children Raise US$ 21,000 for the Fight Against Climate Change - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) --
New York, 26 October 2008 - In a ray of hope amid the current economic crisis, children from around the world have pulled together and raised US$21,000 for the fight against climate change.

As part of the Paint for the Planet event organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), children's paintings were auctioned at New York's Harvard Club to raise money for children in areas affected by climate-related disasters. Proceeds will go to UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund.
Foreign Aid Money Spent on $23 Million Art Ceiling at U.N. Human Rights Council
The U.N. Human Rights Council, frequently accused of coddling some of the world's most repressive governments, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds.

Ban himself praised the piece and thanked Barcelo for putting his "unique talents to work in the service of the world." The artwork will soar above the Human Rights Council's chambers at U.N.'s European headquarters in Geneva, which may soon undergo a $1 billion renovation — but only after a $1.9 billion facelift of the U.N.'s New York offices is completed.

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