GENEVA / MIGUEL BARCELO CEILING

18-Nov-2008 00:02:08
A decorative ceiling for the 'Palais Des Nations' in Geneva, designed by Miguel Barcelo, is unveiled amid controversy by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain and Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Zapatero. UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / MIGUEL BARCELÓ CEILING
TRT: 2.08
SOURCE: UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ SPANISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 18 NOVEMBER 2008, GENEVA/ FILE
SHOTLIST
RECENT, PALAIS DES NATIONS, GENEVA

1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

18 NOVEMBER 2008, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Various shots, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
3. Med shot, King Juan Carlos being greeted by Swiss President Pascal Couchepin
4. Zoom out, general family photo
5. Tracking shot, King shaking hands with artist Miquel Barceló
6. Zoom out, attendees looking at the ceiling
7. Wide shot, ceiling
8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juan Carlos II, King of Spain:
"Nothing better than art as a universal language to express the values, principles and missions that inspire to the United Nations in respect to human beings, and their rights and liberties, which acquire a special meaning when being fulfilled on the year of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
9. Med shot, man sitting with ceiling in background
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
"This room will be a forum in which all countries, large and small, developed and developing, can air their grievances, highlight their aspirations and hopefully in the end find consensus. I understand the construction of this magnificent dome involved techniques that were never used before and that materials were used in new combinations. We can see the results. They are stunning. In this spirit, let us bring the same sense of innovation to the work that will now take place here. Let us not settle for the status quo, but instead be visionary, creative and bold."
11. Tilt down, from ceiling to room
STORYLINE
King Juan Carlos of Spain presented a newly-equipped and decorated conference room to the United Nations today (18 November) in Geneva. Dubbed the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, the ceiling of the Conference Room was decorated by renowned Spanish artist Miquel Barceló.

The cost of the project as well as its funding sources had recently come under fire; the UN informed today that the equipment and art work were financed in their entirety by the Spanish government and the ONUART foundation in collaboration with various Spanish personalities, companies and private partners.

King Juan Carlos told the gathering that art as a universal language was the best way of expressing the values, principles and mission of the United Nations.
SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Juan Carlos de Borbón, King of Spain:
"Nothing better than art as a universal language to express the values, principles and missions that inspire to the United Nations in respect to human beings, and their rights and liberties, which acquire a special meaning when being fulfilled on the year of the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human rights."

The colors in the dome, which artist Barceló described as a "grotto of stalactites", look different depending on the viewer's position in the room. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the design as a metaphor for the work of the United Nations.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
"I understand the construction of this magnificent dome involved techniques that were never used before and that materials were used in new combinations. We can see the results. They are stunning. In this spirit, let us bring the same sense of innovation to the work that will now take place here in this room."

The Secretary-General said that just as it would take time to look at the room from different angles in order to see it completely, so must we have a full range of views in order to properly address global challenges.
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