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Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations hosts a painting exhibition dedicated to “The World Water Day”, made by children from the Romanian community in New York

On March 23, 2019, a painting exhibition with the theme “The World Water Day” was opened at the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations, the works being done by the children of the Sunday school of the St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in New York. The 30 exposed paintings were painted by children aged between 5 and 12 years.

During the event, Permanent Mission diplomats explained to children and their parents about the significance of the “The World Water Day”, celebrated each year on March 22, under the aegis of the United Nations. There were short animated films about the role and importance of water in our lives and ways of saving water resources, followed by interactive discussions with children.

Also, a question and answer contest was held, asking the children to answer questions about their rights – the right to have access to clean water, education, the right to be protected by parents or the right to have food.

Romania’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion  Jinga, told children that water is one of the most valuable assets they have, exemplifying that over two billion people have no access to drinking water, one of four schools around the world have no running water, 70 million people have left their living places because of the lack of drinking water, four billion people face droughts for at least one month each year, and every day 700 children aged up to 5 years die from lack of clean water.

The Ambassador congratulated the children for their interest in the water theme, the talent and the dedication to prepare the paintings and offered them merit diplomas. The children were then invited to visit the Head of Mission’s office, where they were photographed next to Romania’s flag. At the end, the children were served with cakes and refreshments.

The event ended with the children’s promise that, from now on, they will know how to cherish and save water resources.

 

 

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