Friday, October 19, 2007

Indonesian boy wins UN stamp design award

New York--Bryan Jevoncia, a six-year old Indonesian boy, was presented with United Nations stamp design award at the UN Headquarters here on Wednesday. The presentation of the award was conducted at a park near UN building and was attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Indonesian special representative to UN, Marty Natalegawa, and several other foreign representatives.

Bryan was one of six children between 6 to 15 years old whose picture was the best for 2008 series UN stamp.

The UN stamp design contest titled "We Can Overcome Poverty", was conducted to mark the observance of International Poverty Eradication Day, and participated in by 12,000 children from 124 countries. "Bryan`s dedication to his work is really admirable, because he is the only Indonesian boy elected among thousands of participants as the winner in the contest," Marty Natalegawa said. He said Bryan`s work indicated that Indonesian younger were able to create good work, to build solidarity and to have sensitivity to poverty issue.

The UN stamp, designed by Bryan, depicted children who, after returning from school, help their mothers in the struggle to make ends meet. Born in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, on December 16, 2000, Bryan is at present in the second year of elementary school. He was accompanied by his mother Rosiana Fardimin and his teacher Rosa de Lima in the trip to New York to recive the UN award. Asked what he felt after receiving the award, Bryan said he was delighted with his work and eager to meet one of his country`s prominent figure after returning to Indonesia from New York. "I want to meet `Pak` President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to show him the present I get from the United Nations," Bryan said with a chuckle.Antara

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