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Background: At the Rio 2012 Rio plus 20 Summit, Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez (co-founders of OSI), together with the Government of Kenya, with the then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of Kenya (Member of OSI), now climate change adviser to the President of Kenya, and the Deputy Director General of the United Nations Environment Program (Mrs. Amina Mohamed, now Foreign Minister of Kenya), the Assistant Secretary General of the UN for disasters (Mrs. Margaret Wahlstrom), as well as Dr. Wendy Watson Wright, the then Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, and the Secretary of Interior of the Governor of San Andres in Colombia, started the process, together with Dr. Sebek entitled "tri continental dialogue to defy disasters and respond to climate change".
Commissioner and Mrs. Alvarez were successful in applying to the United Nations to hold a side event on tricontinental process at the Paris COP.
The side event was held on 5th December 2015 in Room 6 of the COP Centre.
The following activities were undertaken:
On the 2nd December, Mrs. Alvarez with her partners, with OSI as a participant, opened an exhibition of paintings, symbolizing the role of art to confront challenges of climate change at the Booth 42 of COP21.
Mrs. Alvarez was a high level panelist , with a assistance of Mr. Sebek, on 3rd December at UNESCO commemorating, in the presence of the Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Director General of UNESCO, Dr. Irina Bokova, the International Day of Disabilities through a program of art as a tool to promote measures to combat climate change.
On 4th December, Mr. Sebek joined Mrs. Alvarez at the Press Conference at COP21 highlighting the UNESCO event.
On the 5th December, Mr. Sebek joined a high level panel as moderator during a side event where the following presentations were made: By OSI Members Commissioner and Mrs. Alvarez, by Mr. Nassir Khattak, member of OSI and Director of Climate Institute, Mr. Ali Mohamed, the newly appointed climate change adviser to the President of Kenya (also OSI member) and Dr. Yumkelle, the former head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and current candidate for the Presidency of Sierra Leone.
Mrs. Alvarez, on behalf of her organization but also on behalf of OSI held two press conferences on 11th December at COP 21.
Mrs Cecile Alvarez has acted for many years on OSI as a pioneer in the campaign to use different forms of art as a tool for promoting disaster reduction and creation of cities resilient to disasters, as well as actions to deal with climate change adaptation.
This campaign is led chiefly through the UNESCO Dream Centre in Manila and also her Philippine Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).
In conjunction with the United Nations International Strategy on Disaster Reduction, the Institute has announced Global Playwriting Contest 2015 on Confronting Climate Change and Defying Disasters .
Ms Cecile Guidote Alvarez of OSI with Ms Margaret Wahlström at the Sendai Conference announcing the Cartagena Conference
OSI was represented by Mrs. Cecile Guidote Alvarez, member of its Scientific and Academic Advisory Board and Mr. Kiyoshi Daimatsu, OSI coordinator for Japan.
Following the launch of the programme on art as a tool enhancing education on environmental protection, proposed to OSI by Cecile Alvarez, UNESCO Peace Ambassador and Director of UNESCO Dreamcenter in the Philippines, OSI organized a competition of paintings by primary school children , aged 7 to 11, from Guayaquil, Ecuador, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, Praia in Cape Verde and Manila in the Philippines.
They were exhibited in the conference hall in Lima,the venue of OSI Conference.
A jury composed of Mrs Ivonne A Baki, Mrs. Cecile Alvarez and Dr. Viktor Sebek declared the winners, and this gallery includes all the paintings.
OSI Directors Dr. Viktor Sebek (5th from left) and John Hussa (1st from left), Cecile Guidote Alvarez (2nd from left), Director of the UNESCO DREAM Center in the Philippines, Diana Micolta Cortes (3rd from left), Adviser on International Relations to the Medellin City Government, and Mr. Luis Sanchez (6th from left), Director of Research and Development of Plaza Mayor in Medellin, made a courtesy visit to Philippine Vice President Jejomar C. Binay at a private event on April 13, 2013, at which the Vice President was invited by OSI to attend the Medellin Conference on Forging Closer links between Asia Pacific, South and Central America and the Caribbean
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