In his quest to reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to serve “We the Peoples” and build strong partnership for the observance of the 70th anniversary of the UN in Nigeria, the Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Ronald Kayanja, has taken the message of the UN70 and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda to UN Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and media partners in Lagos.
“The UN 70th anniversary”, Kayanja noted during his meetings with partners, “is not the celebration of the UN as an organisation alone, but the celebration of all the peoples of the world.”
Referring to the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s message for UN70, the Director said, “The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.
Kayanja, who in the last two weeks has led the UNIC Lagos team to one-on-one partnership meetings with Seven UN Agencies, eight NGOs, three media organisations and three educational institutions, spoke about the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this year and highlighted the strategic importance of the post-2015 sustainable development initiative.
He called on partners to join hands with the Centre in its efforts to effectively disseminate life-saving and development-oriented information to the Nigerian populace.
The seven UN Agencies visited were United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The NGOs included United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN); United Nations Association of Youth (UNOY); All Nigeria United Nations Students Association (ANUNSA); Media Awareness and Information For All Network (MAIN); Warein Rose Foundation; Third Age Foundation; Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals in Nigeria (ASCPN); and Femi Arts Warehouse.
The media organisations visited included the Voice Nigeria (VON), Channels Television and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while the educational institutions were The University of Lagos; the Lagos State University and Falomo High School, Lagos.
SOURCE: AFRICA RENEWAL