2009 was characterised by the celebration of Unescocat’s 25th anniversary. A series of activities was held throughout the year with impact in different areas, in order to show Catalan society the work carried out by our organisation and our willingness to keep on fulfilling our mission and reaching new targets.
The first activity was an article by Fèlix Martí, founder of the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia, published in the newspaper Avui on 15 December 2008. This was the first of a series of 25 op-ed articles written by prestigious personalities, both local and international, who have co-operated with the Centre over the years.
On 23-24 March 2009, the congress "Cohesion and peace through dialogue" was held at Gaudí’s Pedrera de Caixa Catalunya. The congress aimed to analyse current social issues and contribute to solving some of the challenges. The congress was divided into four sections reflecting Unescocat’s four main lines of work: biodiversity, cultural diversity, linguistic diversity, and religious diversity.
In June 2009, an agreement was signed with TV3 which resulted in the creation of an institutional video celebrating Unescocat’s 25th anniversary by students of the TV3 Master’s Degree in Television Quality and Innovation.
During the summer of 2009, Unescocat moved to new headquarters on carrer Nàpols. In addition to providing more working space, the layout of the offices reflects the new organisational structure with three sections: areas, departments and services. The new offices were inaugurated officially at two open evenings; on 28 October 2009 and 9 December 2009.
The activities concluded on 10 December 2009 with an institutional ceremony to commemorate Unescocat’s 25th anniversary hosted at the Parliament de Catalonia by the president of the Parliament, Ernest Benach. The ceremony was attended by representatives from many institutions, and especially those people, professionals and volunteers who have made possible the work carried out by the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia over the years.
The director of Relations with UNESCO Member States and New Partnerships, Jacques Rao, represented UNESCO’s new director general, Irina Bokova. This ceremony was chosen as the occasion to award the first Unescocat Prize to Jordi Savall i Montserrat Figueras. Winners of the Unescocat Prize will be announced every year on the anniversary of Unescocat's creation. It will be awarded to people and Catalan organisations who have contributed to promoting UNESCO values and areas of work that are facilitated by Unescocat in the Catalan cultural sphere.