UNIC Lagos takes SDGs to NGOs, presents SDGs Year Planner

05 February 2016

In its quest to widely disseminate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its targets in Nigeria, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos hosted an NGO-Partners’ meeting to introduce the 17 SDGs and its associated 169 targets with a view to enhancing Partners’ understanding of the SDGs framework and its place in programming.

The meeting which was attended by 95 representatives of 75 NGOs, focused on UNIC Lagos priorities for 2016, SDGs Overview; mapping of NGOs based on their mandates and according to the SDGs as well as aligning Partners’ core areas of activities with UN Observances in the year.

Addressing the participants, the Director of UNIC Lagos highlighted SDGs, Climate Change and Counter-terrorism as part of the 2016 priorities of UNIC. He urged the partners to be strategic in programming this year by aligning their activities with the SDGs. The global goals, he noted, must be localized through the collaborative efforts of UNIC Lagos and its NGO-partners.

The mapping of the NGOs, he explained, was aimed at aligning the focus of ‘our NGO partners with the goals and targets of the SDGs. To facilitate deliberation at the meeting, every participant was given a copy of UNIC Lagos SDGs Year Planner which contains all the 17 goals and the 169 targets. Besides, it also features all the International Days.

Acknowledging the technical support of UNIC Lagos, the Executive Director of Women in politics and Governance (WIPOGOV) noted that the meeting was rich in contents and much focused. Speaking in the same vein, the Executive Director of Strategy For Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E) called for more of such quality engagements.

UNIC Lagos develops Holocaust Word Search Puzzle

02 February 2016

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos has developed a ‘Word Search Puzzle’ on the film, ‘The Path to Nazi Genocide’ to aid the understanding of the film and reinforce the key lessons learnt from the briefing on the holocaust.

Developed by Ms Abiola Bashorun, an intern with UNIC Lagos, the Word Search Puzzle aims at ensuring a long-term memory retention of Holocaust key words by the students as well as making teaching and learning interactive and interesting. The puzzle features key words such as Holocaust, Genocide, Nazi, Jews, Fuhrer, Austria, Germany, Annihilation, Disabled and Adolf Hitler, among others.

Engaging the students after the screening of the film, Ms Bashorun summarised the story of the Holocaust using the key words and asked each of the five schools present to nominate five representatives to work together and figure out the puzzles. All the schools got the puzzles 100% but they finished at different time. 

Demonstrating their excitement and deep involvement in the exercise, many of the students indicated to answer questions posed to test their understanding of Holocaust programme.

Ms Bashorun, a Post-Graduate student of Psychology, University of Lagos, said she was pleased by the response and level of involvement of all the students. ‘They seemed to have huge interest in the Holocaust story,’ she added.

UN Recommended Clean Up Brings Hope to Niger Delta – Nigerian President

28 January 2016

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari said implementation of a clean-up recommendation from UNEP has given hope to people of Niger Delta whose land has been damaged by crude oil spillage.

Speaking at the United Nations Office at Nairobi today the Nigerian President said one of his first tasks when he assumed power in May last year was authorizing the UNEP recommendation of cleaning up Niger Delta where the ecological land of the Niger Delta region has been significantly damaged by crude oil spillage.

“The devastation caused by this spillage has destroyed lives and livelihoods and it’s clearly a driver for the reason why many people of that region have lost faith in Government resorting to many criminal activities we are seeing in the region today. The action our Government took to implement the UNEP recommendations has given the indigenous people of the region hope that there are better days ahead,” said the Buhari who is on a three day state visit to Kenya. 

On arrival, the leader of Africa's most populous nation was received by the UNON Director General, Sahle-Work Zewde, inspected a Guard of Honour and was introduced to senior members of the UN family, including the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos.

Following a tradition established at this headquarters to mark the visit of dignitaries, the President planted a tree on the 140 acres compound.

UN Staff and accredited diplomats then crammed themselves into a medium-sized conference room to listen to a short address by the Head of State. In his remarks, President Buhari noted that since his ascension to President, he has taken heed of UN recommendations on the clean up of the environmentally challenged Ogoni Land.

His visit coincided with an on-going Model United Nations simulation consisting of over 800 students from 47 schools in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Responding to an informal invitation from the students, the President adjusted his programme and walked into the Conference room where he received an explosion of applause as delegates craned their necks to get a glimpse of the Head of State.

Following an introduction to the Model UN Nigerian delegation, the President was escorted by Secretary General of Middle School UN Model, Matthew Yun and his Deputy, Hashil Shah to the podium where he made brief remarks.

Reacting to the unexpected visit, delegate Krish Joshi remarked that "it was very fun the first time I met the President. He was tall, smart and kind."

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Commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day - Poster Exhibition, Discussion and Song

27 January 2016

UNIC Dhaka observed the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust through a poster exhibition, discussion seminar and music on 27 January at UNIC library. Around fifty students of four universities namely Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, ASA University Bangladesh and Jagannath University took part in the events and they expressed solidarity with the victims of holocaust and other genocides. 

The Human Rights Advisor from the UN Resident Coordinator Office presented the key note speech while the Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations of Dhaka University and Assistant Professor of the Law Department of ASA University Bangladesh spoke as special guests. The UNIC Officer-in-Charge moderated the seminar and read-out UN Secretary-General's Message on the Day.

The day-long exhibition was opened by UN Human Rights Advisor. A song on human Rights was performed by Taufiq Ahmed Priyo.

All the participants were provided with Bangla booklets on human rights instruments – Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and copy of UN Secretary-General's Message.