9 November 2010
UNRWA Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, has presented UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, with two Guinness Book of World Record certificates, won by the children of Gaza.
The records, broken three months ago as part of UNRWA’s summer games programme, were for the largest number of basketballs bounced and the highest number of kites flown simultaneously.
“I wanted to come all the way to New York and remind the highest levels of world diplomacy of the children of Gaza, their wonderful achievements and to say again that they can attain world greatness if given the chance,” said Grandi. “I am so proud of them and delighted that UNRWA has given them the chance to be double world champions.”
Mr Ban, clearly proud of the achievement, which he had supported with a video message from UN headquarters in New York, indicated that he would display the certificates prominently.