UN works for you – Students told

31 March 2015
National Information Officer at the school


Students of Atwool Schools Lagos have been told that the United Nations (UN) works for them and other peoples of the world. ‘The UN works to improve living conditions of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms’, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun has told the students.

Making a presentation on ‘UN for School children’, Soremekun explained to the students, who were on excursion to the Centre, that through its specialised agencies, the UN deals with all kinds of issues, ranging from keeping the peace, fighting poverty to caring for our planet and making sure everyone is safe.

He enjoined the students to be obedient and thankful to their parents for giving them education to brighten and secure their future. ‘Many school-age children’, he continued, ‘were without education and on the streets as they had to work to support their parents.’ The National Information Officer reminded the students that the UN condemns child labour and advocates for the right to education. 

Speaking further on tolerance and rights of every child, Soremekun observed, ’When children are born, they are free and each should be treated in the same way. They have reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a friendly manner.’

He added that every child has the right to a name and a nationality; Protection from violence; Education and Freedom of thought.

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UN@70 dominates discussion at school outreach

30 March 2015
Presentation of publications


As the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos continued its educational outreach activities, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) tagged ‘UN@70’ has remained the dominant point of discussion with students in both Primary and Secondary schools in Nigeria.

Interacting with the students of Intesida Schools, Alagbado Lagos, during an outreach session in the school, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that the UN was created ‘to save succeeding generations from war, protect human rights, establish conditions for justice, help stabilize international relations, give peace a more secure foundation, help the less developed countries, promote social progress and better standards of life.’

Soremekun stated that the UN ‘provides food to 90 million people in 80 countries; vaccinates 58 per cent of the world’s children, saving 3 million lives a year; assists over 38.7 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine or persecution; works with 193 countries to combat climate change and make development sustainable as well as keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents.

He added that the UN also fights poverty, helping improve the health and well-being of 420 million rural poor; and promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 39 million women a year.

Answering a question on why the UN leaves out men and prioritizes women and children during conflicts and crises, the National Information Officer explained that in a situation of conflicts and crises, women and children were the most vulnerable and always the victims while most conflicts were led and initiated by men.

Receiving some UN publications from the National Information Officer, the Proprietress of the school, Mrs Atinuke Bankole, acknowledged that the briefing session was very educational, informative and beneficial to the students and teachers in attendance. 

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UNIC Canberra visits the Cowra Festival of International Understanding

30 March 2015
UNIC Director speaking at the event


In 2014, the United Nations was the guest honour at the 50th Cowra Festival of Understanding.  In keeping with tradition, UNIC Canberra visited Cowra to officially hand over the ceremonial baton to this year’s guest of honour, the Republic of Korea.  In his remarks at the hand-over, UNIC Director, Christopher Woodthorpe, spoke of the challenges and opportunities the Unite Nations faces as it celebrates its 70th Anniversary.  In recalling the first three words of the UN Charter, “We the Peoples”, he congratulated the Cowra community on its 51st holding of the Festival, calling it; “a clear example of the power of people striving to make this a better world for all”.  The Festival was declared open with the ringing of the International Peace Bell.

How individuals can make a difference was also the theme of the presentation to 130 students at St. Raphael’s high school.  While learning about the broad work of the Organization and how its different agencies play a role in all our lives, the students were asked to think about what they can do to improve the world they live in, and especially what they can do to address hunger and food waste.  

Gazi Model United Nations Celebrates Diversity

26 March 2015


On 26 March, Gazi University a Model United Nations (MUN) conference was organized with the participation of 350 students from 25 different countries.

UNIC Ankara’s Information Officer delivered the key note speech at the opening ceremony and urged the students to support the United Nation’s post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

He added that the MUN meeting titled  “Diplomatic Diversity: Building Bridges from Near West to Far East” was a very timely event as this year the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary and the international community is set to establish the post-2015 sustainable development agenda that will cover the period until 2030. 

The Information Officer added that the world needed to hear more young voices defending the Earth and the “Future We Want”. 

“The future we want is possible only if we collectively mobilize both the political will and the necessary resources to strengthen our nations and the international system. This is the main way to bridge the gap between West and East, North and South, and, we should not forget that we need a stronger UN for a better World” he said as he ended his speech.

UNIC Ankara is in close cooperation with the university students to get their support for the UN work in Turkey and its global priorities.

UNIC also works together with MUN clubs belonging to universities and high schools, including international relations university clubs on a regular basis.

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