Young performers from around world visit UNOG ahead of major musical

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The international cast of the 2050: The Future We Want musical visited the United Nations Office at Geneva on 21 August and took their first glimpse of the Assembly Hall, the venue of their 3 September performance as part of the 20th anniversary activities of Green Cross International.

Dozens of young actors and musicians from around the world, including Syria, the United States, Indonesia, France, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, the UK, India, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Mali, Botswana, Nigeria and the Bahamas, were welcomed by senior UN official Mr David Chikvaidze. They are in Geneva for 2 weeks of rehearsals ahead of the debut performance.

The musical is being produced by Peace Child International, in conjunction with Green Cross, and is being supported by the United Nations Office at Geneva. The event is also planned to be webcast live around the world.

The story of the musical is set in the Year 2050 and revolves around young characters who confront, and overcome, the major ecological and related humanitarian challenges of today: climate change, unsustainable development, nuclear weapons proliferation, pollution, inequity, injustice and manmade environmental emergencies. All songs in the musical are by Peace Child co-founder David Gordon and his brother, legendary musician Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).

The performance will culminate a day of activities at UNOG on 3 September dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the NGO founded by Mikhail Gorbachev. From 9.30am-6pm, the 7th Earth Dialogues conference will be held in Salle 20, featuring high-level speakers from a wide variety of fields discussing themes climate change, sustainable development, strengthening multilateralism and including global security threats. Scheduled speakers include President Gorbachev, former Polish President Lech Walesa, former head of the UNHCR and Dutch premier, Ruud Lubbers, IUCN chief Julia Martin-Lefèvre, Brice Lalonde, Federico Mayor, Swiss aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, Swedish political leader Anders Wijkman.

On 2 September, Green Cross International will stage its General Assembly at the International Conference Centre of Geneva, which will include a 10am-12pm public session, featuring keynote speeches from President Gorbachev, UNOG Director-General Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, GCI Chairman Jan Kulczyk, and Club of Rome co-President Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, among others.

GCI was founded in 1993 and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has a network of national organizations in around 30 countries.

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