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UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Two weeks ago today the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling “The Ark of Return”. The unveiling happened at the UN New York Headquarters where the permanent memorial sits as a memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. AWA was proud to be there for the unveiling as part of the design team.

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Photo courtesy of: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Source: UN News Centre

Project Update – The Ark of Return: Lest We Forget

We are pleased to share that construction is set to begin on the ‘Ark of Return’, a memorial that will be permanently on display at the Plaza at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial will be erected in memory of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Please see below for renderings of the project at night.


AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon. 


Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Structural Consultant: Robert Silman Associates

MEP Consultant: Morozov PE

Water Feature Consultant: Delta Fountains

Renderings: Rodney Leon Architects

Select Press Coverage:

UNStories: The Ark of Return: Let We Forget 

UN: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery

UN News Centre: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN memorial

UNESCO: ‘The Ark of Return’ Press Release

Jamaica Observer: Monument to slavery now set for 2015 unveiling at UN


Aerial View of the Memorial

Aerial View of the Memorial


View of the Memorial from First Avenue

View of the Memorial from First Avenue


UN Global Efficient Lighting Forum held in Beijing

Beijing hosted a global energy-saving forum from Monday to Tuesday, bringing together governments, the private sector, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to implementing a worldwide transition to energy efficient lighting.

The Global Efficient Lighting Forum was spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and inspired by the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, which prioritized lighting as one of its five energy efficiency accelerators. Among the various measures, investing in efficient lighting instead of building new power plants is the cleanest, fastest and most cost-effective way to reduce climate change, the UNEP said.

UNEP estimates that replacing all inefficient on-grid lighting globally with innovative, energy-efficient alternatives would result in over 1,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity savings annually, which is equivalent to the annual use of India and the United Kingdom combined. This electricity savings is equivalent to over 120 billion U.S dollars in avoided electricity bills and the reduction of over 530 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

LED lighting and digital control systems are revolutionizing lighting services by delivering improved levels of energy efficiency to all sectors. If there were a global transition to LED, it would reduce electricity consumption by 1550 TWh worldwide, which could provide 1.5 billion household with electricity. Representatives attending the forum have reached an agreement to double the global rate of energy efficiency and make sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030.

The forum was hosted by the Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC)-UNEP Collaborating Centre, with support from China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Industry and Information Technology Ministry, and the government of Beijing Municipality.

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Article Editor by: Du Mingming、Yao Chun

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Source: People’s Daily