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article imageUN launches int'l competition for slavery memorial design

By Adeline Yuboco     Oct 1, 2011 in World
New York - The United Nations (UN) announced on Friday the launching of an international competition for the design and structure for a memorial honoring victims of slavery worldwide.
The United Nations (UN) announced on Friday the launching of an international competition for the design and structure for a memorial honoring victims of slavery worldwide.
Ambassador Raymond Wolfe, Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee on Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, made the announcement of the competition during a news conference held at the UN Headquarters.
While the memorial's official name is the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations in Honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Ambassador Wolfe pointed out that this is not to serve as a means to dwell on the past.
"The issue of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade stands out still today as a crime against humanity—one of the first manifestations of man's inhumanity to man,"Voice of America reports. "[The memorial] is to bring the international community to acknowledge, [and] to take note of what has been one of the worst chapters in human history is finally being acknowledged and honored here at the United Nations. In order to build peace in the minds of men and women, it's important not to forget the tragedies of history."
Along with the announcement of the international design competition, Ambassador Wolfe took this opportunity to urge ministries of foreign affairs and culture of Member States to "to disseminate information about the design competition so that a rich and diverse pool of applications can be submitted to UNESCO" before the deadline on December 19, 2011.
The initial phase of the contest, which will focus on selecting 16 semi-finalists out of the many design entries submitted, will be administered by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) based on the designer's ability to create a memorial alongside the theme "Acknowledging the Tragedy, Considering the Legacy; Lest We Forget." After which, seven finalists will be selected by an international panel of judges. The artist of the winning design will be awarded a cash prize of $50,000.
Ambassador Wolfe also reached out to corporations, philanthropists and the private sector to contribute to the building of the memorial, which is expected to cost some $4.5 million.
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