Living Library: A UNDP project to turn testimonies of displaced persons in Ukraine into “books”
The project Living Library was in news in May 2016. It is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project for the displaced people in Ukraine.
Under the project, the testimonies of displaced persons are turned into books in a so-called Living Library.
Key points of Living Library project
• Goal: To ensure everyone starts “feeling a little bit more comfortable with each other.
• It hosts the therapeutic stories of displaced people of different communities of Ukraine.
• It provides stories of displaced person and records them and brings them all together into a library that other people can consult.
• It provides support in conflict areas like Ukraine to promote dialogue and reconciliation between communities.
• It contains stories of different communities collected from throughout the country, including the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk.
• The project is implemented in partnership with the European Forum for international Mediation and Dialogue (MediatEUr).
Agenda for Humanity
The project Living Library is in line with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Agenda for Humanity, which includes:
I. Respecting the rule of war
II. Leaving no one behind
III. Working differently to end need
IV. Investing in humanity
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