UN70 in Algeria introduces history lesson with a look towards the future

20 November 2015

Over 2,000 secondary schools throughout Algeria participated in a history lesson on the United Nations, as part of the UN70 commemoration.  

UNIC Algiers worked closely with the Ministry of Education in the preparation of the course which is now part of the overall curriculum for secondary school pupils. The course runs between April and June, and is aimed at raising awareness on the formation and work of the United Nations.

Additional information used at the launch of the course on 22 October, included flyers, posters and videos on UN70. 

The launch was attended by the Minister of Education, Ms Benghebrit Noria and the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Cristina Amaral. After a brief presentation on the UN and its principal organs, and screening of videos on UN70, pupils were given an opportunity to answer questions on the Organization’s achievements in maintaining world peace, fighting poverty and illiteracy, as well as supporting humanitarian activities. 

Pupils had a chance to express their perception of the work of the UN through drawings and paintings on a fabric provided by UNIC.

As part of UN70 observances throughout the country, similar activities took place at the same time in over 2,000 secondary schools.

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UN Chiefs, Staff Run in Beirut Marathon for UN70

11 November 2015

As part of the UN system’s activities to commemorate the UN 70th anniversary, several heads and dozens of personnel of UN agencies operating in Lebanon participated in the 2015 Beirut International Marathon alongside scores of top government officials, diplomats and celebrities on the sunny streets of Beirut. 

UN staff running in the annual international sports event on 8 November chose to sprint with more than 38,000 runners and professional athletes from Lebanon and around the globe as a token of support for, and solidarity with, the Lebanese people and giving them a stronger motivation to stay united through sports. 

Under the slogan, “UN: 70 Years for Lebanon,” staff ran the 10K fun race to raise awareness about the UN’s work in Lebanon for the past 70 years, and promote the UN values of peace, human rights and sustainable development. 

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon told reporters before the race, “I am heartened by the number of people who are running with us today. This is a refreshing, active expression of our – the UN and the Lebanese people – shared commitment to peace, and to a safe and stable Lebanon.”

Earlier in September, the UN System in Lebanon announced a one-year partnership with the Beirut Marathon Association on the occasion of the UN’s 70th anniversary. The partnership aims at strengthening the relationship that bonds the UN with the Lebanese people and the civil society, as well as shedding light on Lebanon’s contribution to the UN, and the UN’s work for Lebanon. 

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African Youth Meet to Shape the ‘Africa They Want’

11 November 2015

More than 300 African Youth from East and West Africa met today (11 November) at the United Nations Office in Nairobi for the Africa High Level Youth Conference - Transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The three day conference organized by United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Nairobi and a local partner, Research Institute for Peace Policy and International Affairs focused on the transition  from MDG to SDGs under the theme: "The Africa we Want: Redefining Africa's Place"

The youth delegates from 13 countries across the continent, with some from as far as West Africa, said that they wanted to be part of the conversation early at the launch of the SDGs.

The conference was opened by Per Knutsson from the UNDP who spoke passionately emphasizing that the youth were the future and their participation in this conversation was critical. Government officials participated bringing in the commitment and pledges from the Government.  

Apart from providing the venue for the conference, UNIC played a role in the invitation to guest speakers and facilitated the discussion at the opening of the conference.

The conference aims to formulate resolutions that will generate strategies for follow up across the region and eventually throughout the continent.

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Students’ Association marks UN@70, stages children fashion parade, cultural dances

19 October 2015

It was all fun and fanfare at the weekend as the All Nigeria United Nations Students’ Association (ANUNSA) and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos marked the United Nations 70th anniversary with a variety of activities which included a symposium, children fashion parade and cultural dances.

The programme which was a continuation of a series of activities marking UN@70 in Nigeria, was held at the Library Auditorium of the UNIC Lagos and attended by over 175 people including students from universities, high schools, and NGO representatives. Breaking the monotony of speeches were children fashion parade and cultural dances by students of Santa Isabel Montessori schools, Ejigbo Lagos; and a choreographic display by the students of Soleil High School Aguda Lagos.

Inspired by the UN@70 message of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja noted that the United Nations could look back on a proud record of working with many partners to dismantle colonialism, defeat deadly diseases, triumph over apartheid, advance international law, keep the peace in troubled areas and articulate a body of treaties to safeguard every person’s birth-right to freedom, equality and dignity.

‘Every day, the United Nations makes a positive difference for millions of people: vaccinating children; distributing food aid; sheltering refugees; deploying peacekeepers; protecting the environment; seeking the peaceful resolution of disputes and supporting democratic elections, gender equality, human rights and the rule of law,’ Mr Kayanja added.

Speaking on ’70 ways the UN is making a difference in Nigeria’, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun stressed the support of the United Nations system to the government of Nigeria in maintaining peace and security as well as making and consolidating peace in the country. 

He cited the contributions of the UN to the peaceful 2015 general elections; the support in drafting a peace architecture for the country as well as several projects of the UN Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) which included de-radicalisation of youth; countering the appeal of violence amongst youth as well as promoting peace and intercultural dialogue through education.

In her remarks, the President of ANUNSA, Ms Ukoha Nnenna Kalu disclosed that chapters of ANUNSA in Universities and Polytechnics across the country would still organise events on UN”70 before the end of the year.

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