Međunarodni dan borbe protiv homofobije, transfobije i bifobije 2017 (#IDAHOT - International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia).



The visitors were addressed by the Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Serbia, Ms. Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOB and Mr Nenad Dragović, Acting Manager of Belgrade Youth Center.

“This year we are linking, for the second consecutive time, the two celebrations together – UN Day and Belgrade Jazz Festival. And this is not by accident. Jazz is the music of peace. It promotes the freedom of spirit and solidarity. It motivates people to understand each other, to build bridges by overcoming hatred, racism, discrimination. The spirit of jazz brings people from the world together, nurtures dialogue and promotes tolerance and cooperation. 32nd Belgrade Jazz Festival sums it all in its title - Planet Jazz. All these are values and objectives that underpin the work of the United Nations in Serbia and globally,” said Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Serbia.




The film focuses on the case of Seljatin Burgazi and his family. For more than a decade, they have lived in Grmec, an informal settlement in Belgrade. He and other Romani families fled to Belgrade during the ethnic cleansing of their province in Kosovo* during 1999.

But, in June 2015, Burgazi and 60 other Roma families living in Grmec were faced with eviction. According to a municipal building inspector, the homes were built illegally and were to be torn down. They families had a one-day notice to remove their homes or have them demolished.

The news was devastating to Burgazi, who suffered a heart attack and had to be hospitalized.

“I just could not tear down my house,” he said. “I built it with my own hands. I did not have a place to go. Where should my children go now, should we sleep in the street? I was desperate.”

Enter the UN Human Rights Office and the NGO Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights. Advocacy was done at national and international levels, citing the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which sets out the right to adequate housing.

It worked. A Serbian court recognised the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), stopping the forced eviction until adequate housing solutions could be found.

“I did not know I had any rights at all,” Burgazi said. “Now, I know that, when the day comes for us to leave our homes, we shall not end up on the street, but enjoy the right to proper housing worthy of human dignity.”


Lyrics by Svebor Šakić and Dejan Mandić
Produced and recorded by Željko Veljković
Recorded at Cunami & MaxProduction Studios

Video production: MaxNova Creative
Directed by Milan Novičić
Director of photography: Miroslav Todorović
Conceptualization: Milan Novičić, Miroslav Todorović
Photos by Branko Starčević

Shot on Canon C300 Mark2

Reach Out is a song composed by Vasil Hadžimanov, one of the most famous and prominent jazz musicians in the Balkan region.

The song, that symbolically marks the kick-off of new UN Sustainable Development Agenda, was premiered on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN in Serbia by Vasil Hadžimanov Band featuring Vasil’s 15-years old daughter Marta and Vukašin Marković (frontman of the band Irie FM) on vocals.

The song is Vasil’s contribution to the United Nations and is inspired by the visions for the future and Sustainable Development Goals.


Line up:
Vasil Hadžimanov - piano
Branko Trijić - guitar
Miroslav Tovirac - bass
Pedja Milutinović - drums
Bojan Ivković- percussion
Vukasin Marković - vocal
Marta Hadžimanov - vocal


REACH OUT (Lyrics)

Say, is this the way that it's supposed to be?
Flood after the quake, famine and poverty.
Thirst and diseases, pollution of Earth and humanity.
Corruption, abductions, malfunction of society.

Now is the time to change our ways,
Reach out to the world around you.
We make our fate, it's not too late,
Today we write our future history.

Say, is there an end to inequality?
A school for every girl, that is what I'd like to see.
Wind and the Sun are infinite sources of energy.
Solution, a way to make our fear disappear.

Now is the time to change our ways,
Reach out to the world around you.
We make our fate, it's not too late,
Today we write our future history.

Now is the time to change our ways,
Reach out to the world around you.
We make our fate, it's not too late,
Today we write our future history.

Together we'll write
our future history.

History