Winning Design Unveiling Ceremony of the International Competition for the creation of a Permanent Memorial at United Nations to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade
The Winning Design Ceremony of the International Competition for the creation of a Permanent Memorial at United Nations to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, will be taken place at the United Nations Secretariat (New York) in the Main Corridor, First Floor of the Conference Building [in front of the Thai Royal Barge] on Monday 23 September 2013 from 4:00 to 4:30 pm
Launched on 30 September 30 2011 in New York, eight weeks were needed due to the number and the quality of projects and, the closing date was postponed until 23 January 2012.
UNESCO was in charge of the first phase. The Selection Committee for Phase I of the International Competition for the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, composed of specialists and staff of the Organization, met in three sessions at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on 2, 10 and 13 February 2012, in order to review the 310 Memorial complete proposals received, coming from 83 nationalities, 5 continents and 4 generations of artists, architects and designers worldwide.
Following these sessions, 16 proposals were selected and forwarded by UNESCO to the Committee of Permanent Memorial in New York to be assessed by an independent international panel of judges in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding. The Phase II was devoted to a further shortlist by the Panel of Judges and the selection of a winner: selection of 7 proposals from among the 16 before designating the winner.
During the the Winning Design Ceremony, the winner of the International Design Competition will be proclaimed by different personalities: UN Secretary-General, Director-General of UNESCO, Jamaican authorities, CARICOM Group, African Group, UNOP, judges, authors, etc.