SARAJEVO, October 25 (FENA) – By promoting culture, creativity and creation, innovation and entrepreneurship, equality but also diversity, heritage, art and ecology, the United Nations (UN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina marked its day with the #ImagineChange Festival at the National Museum in Sarajevo.
Twenty selected participants of the fair, youth bands, musicians, chefs, animators and poets – all partners of UN agencies, funds and programs in BiH, who are actively working on positive changes in their local communities and beyond, made a visit to the National Museum an unforgettable and different experience for thousands of citizens. Participants of the #ImagineChange Festival came from different cities and municipalities all across Bosnia and Herzegovina, announced the UN in BiH.
The partnership between the United Nations in BiH and the National Museum provided free entrance to the Museum from October 21st to 24th, celebrating UN Day. More importantly, it reminded citizens that the treasury of the Museum is safeguarding traces of the rich past and the cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina, so they responded to the invitation to visit in large numbers.
Ingrid Macdonald, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in BiH stated that 2021 was a challenging year for the world, including for so many of the people that the United Nations works with in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“But through our work across BiH, we continue to see innovators, entrepreneurs, change-makers, activists, and everyday people, working tirelessly to positively contribute to the development of their communities and the country. Some of these people and organizations – impressive change-makers – joined us to celebrate UN Day and showcase the many possibilities which exist across this country. They are the people who are paving the way towards gender equality and the empowerment of women; quality education; entrepreneurship and youth start-ups; climate action and environmental protection; healthy aging; food production and security and agricultural development, and much more. They are imagining change and making it happen. At this challenging time, when political rhetoric takes so much public space, it’s important to highlight the many positive voices and actions that happen every day and to move past divisive narratives. We hope that they can be an inspiration to all,” said Ingrid Macdonald.
This year’s UN Day is marked under the slogan #ImagineChange in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which celebrates all those heroes and changemakers who are, step by step, initiating positive changes in their communities, but it also invites all of us to imagine and work on changes that are important to us.
Radomirka Alić, the founder of a small family business – Cafe Confectionery “Slatki zalogaj” Srebrenica was among the exhibitors. Great attendance and interest in Radomirka’s stand marked the very beginning of the Festival.
“Participation in the Festival is a great honor and joy. I am positively surprised and I did not expect that there would be so many people and that they would like our program so much, part of which we brought for tasting. I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with the United Nations through the ”Biz Up” program late last year. We started our business with two goals – the first is to provide a job, and the second is to create a place in Srebrenica where everyone can gather, where it doesn’t matter who you are or what you are – a place that breaks down prejudices and stereotypes 365 days a year,” said Radomirka Alić.
United Nations agencies, funds and programs have promoted cooperation with people, companies, organizations and institutions throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, which they support in creating and implementing change in their communities, in cooperation with their international partners and donors, it is stated.