Live Lebanon Initiative

18 August 2014

UNDP-Lebanon in cooperation with UNIC-Beirut developed and implemented a comprehensive communication plan to promote the “Live Lebanon” initiative. The initiative is composed of a one-month teaser/revealer media campaign with 13 celebrities on ALL Lebanese TV stations, a smart-phone promotional application for androids and i-phones that can be downloaded for free on Google Play and a global fund-raising tour with Live Lebanon's goodwill ambassador, famous singer. UNIC also played a key role in mediating an important and unprecedented one-year partnership with Al Jadeed TV to develop and produce the whole media campaign and regularly promote the initiative throughout its entire grid at no cost to the organization and secure celebrities for its promotion.

The plan is composed of 3 main elements:

1- A one-month teaser/revealer media campaign with 13 celebrities on ALL Lebanese TV stations (8). You can view the 13 teasers and the two versions of the revealer on UNIC-Beirut's youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/UNICBeirut1/videos

2- A smart-phone promotional application for androids and i-phones that can be downloaded for free on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.foo.livelebanon and App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/livelebanon/id889180309?ls=1&mt=8

3- A global fund-raising tour with Live Lebanon's goodwill ambassador, famous singer Assi El Hellani that will kick-off in December 2014.

The "Live Lebanon" initiative connects Lebanese individuals and associations around the world committed to local development projects in Lebanon. These projects are implemented in cooperation with the local communities, especially municipalities, to support community priorities related to youth, health, environment, and income-generating activities. 

It is worth noting that UNIC-Beirut played a key role in mediating an important and unprecedented one-year partnership with Al Jadeed TV to develop and produce the whole media campaign and regularly promote the initiative throughout its entire grid at no cost to the organization. UNIC-Beirut also managed to secure the celebrities and closely coordinated with the different partners to ensure proper implementation of the extensive workplan devised for this purpose.

UNIC, Lagos Government, SMILE, partner to mark International Youth Day

12 August 2014

Youth at the event

The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, in collaboration with Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (SMILE) and the Lagos State Government office for Youth and Social Development observed the 2014 International Youth Day with panel discussion on the theme: Youth and Mental Health – Mental Health matters’.

The event which attracted 828 participants comprising of 46% female and 54% male; representatives of 23 media organisations; 35 voluntary and non-governmental organisations; five government Agencies and four United Nations organisations, featured four panelists which included a Psychiatrist, Wellness Expert, Psycho-therapist and a general Medical Practitioner.

In his message on the occasion, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, noted that “Mental health is how we feel; it is our emotions and well-being.  We all need to take care of our mental health so that we lead satisfying lives.  Let us begin to talk about our mental-health in the same way we talk about our overall health.” The message which was read by UNIC Lagos Senior Public Information Officer, Ms Envera Selimovic, added that everyone should remember that with understanding and assistance, young people with mental health conditions could flourish and make valuable contributions to our collective future. 

Setting the tone for the panel discussion were Miss Amaka Efughi (23 years) and Mr Kalid Sotonye (22 years) who gave testimonies about their past drug addiction and mental conditions which cost them their university education at the time and six years of their lives. They expressed their happiness about their rescue, rehabilitation and re-enrolment back to the university. 

In her welcome address, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Hon. Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, urged stakeholders to pay attention to the 15 factors that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had identified as relevant to mental health among youth, some of which are education, unemployment, poverty, drug abuse, armed conflicts, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), among others. She was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth and Social Development, Dr Dolapo Badru.

The occasion was also used to disseminate preventive public information on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) when UNIC Lagos National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun, made a presentation on “Ebola: What you need to know” while officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health later distributed public information leaflets on the disease.

Closing the event, the President, Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (SMILE), Mrs Bimpe Bamgbose-Martins, thanked UNIC for its commitment to promoting partnership and synergy with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in addressing some societal issues that are of interest to the United Nations.

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UNO Baku Encouraging Youth to Get Involved in their Country’s Development

12 August 2014

Youth at the event

 

In observance of International Youth Day, UNO Baku in partnership with the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation and Educational Center for Youth, held a Model UN Workshop on 12 August. The event was held in Samukh, approximately 300 kilometers away from the capital Baku. The workshop attracted more than 30 determined young participants from various regions of Azerbaijan. The main aim of the event was to develop a better understanding of the UN’s work among youth and raise the awareness of the organization’s cause. In addition, UNO Baku’s team members along with other highly qualified experts, trained the participants in public speaking, debating, and writing skills. Moreover critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills elements were reflected during the Model UN simulation workshop. 

The event started with the screening of a video about the UN’s work and followed with the presentation, which provided the participants with in-depth information about working procedures and the conduct of Model United Nations. Later, the training expert Mr. Sabuhi Khalili engaged participants in discussions of the role of youth in the development of the country, and inspiring them to act in the best interest of the nation states that they were assigned to. Participants seemed to be very excited about the topic, especially since each of the attendees was involved into the heated discussions and was given an opportunity to express his or her view through the diplomatic simulation.   

During the event, Ramin Jafarov, representing Azerbaijan Youth Foundations said: “Today’s event opened up the opportunities for Azerbaijan regional youth to gain certain knowledge and new skills about diplomacy and international relations.” 

“Today’s event has inspired me to learn more about diplomacy and moreover acquaint myself with International Relations. Such simulation workshops are one of the most effective ways to begin the process of involving regional youth in the development issues of the country,” said Aygun Akhmedova, a participant.  “I want to call upon all participants in this simulation and say thank you for your hard work and enthusiasm,” said Zaka Guluyev, UNO Baku’s team member during his closing remarks. 

UNIC Pretoria Educational Outreach session

07 August 2014

Students at the event

 

On 7 August 2014, UN Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria National Information Officer Sudeshan Reddy introduced 100 eager grade nine students at Roedean High School for Girls in Johannesburg to the work of the United Nations. During a lively question-and-answer session, the learners posed a variety of informed questions ranging from the current role of the United Nations in Gaza, to the reform of the UN Security Council. Three UNIC interns, Alyaa Siddig, Doa Nofal and Leone Opfou, also spoke of their internship responsibilities as they encouraged the learners to take up UNIC internships once they get to university.

UNIC disseminated UN information materials, with human rights-focused posters being particularly popular. The teacher Marj Brown thanked the UNIC team for the informative and inspirational presentations, noting that “the feedback from the girls was so positive – they were very excited about what they had learnt.”

Once again, the students from Roedean High Schools for Girls showed to be knowledgeable and aware future leaders with a keen interest in the work of the United Nations and global issues.

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