U.N. Hosts Intergalactic Representatives

The United Nations will host several intergalactic representatives this coming Tuesday; they will take part in a discussion panel about child soldiers, terrorism, human rights and religious extremism. Attendees will represent several nations, and one abandoned planet: Caprica.


(Battlestar Galactica cast [McDonnel, Olmos centered])

The panel discussion will feature Battlestar Galactica cast members Mary McDonnel and Edward James Olmos.

For the United Nations, the event represents the second effort of its Creative Community Outreach Initiative. Announced by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at last June’s Jackson Hole Film Festival, the initiative is the organization’s attempt to “establish partnerships with the entertainment industry to tell the U.N.’s story,” said Juan Carlos Brandt, a spokesman.

Representatives from the Sci Fi Channel approached the United Nations early this year. “They came to us and explained that there were themes common to both the show and the U.N.,” Mr. Brandt said, “and that those themes could be discussed here in a serious manner.”

From New York Times; thanks to Moira for the tip.

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