UNIC Bujumbura organized the "UN4U" educational outreach campaign on the UN Day 2014

27 October 2014
Student asking a question

To commemorate the United Nations Day, UNIC Bujumbura organized UN4U briefing sessions for students from the Lycée of Rohero and Lycée Nyakabiga secondary schools, respectively on 24 and 27 October 2014 in the UNIC compound, and made good use of UN Day visual materials, based on the "Happy Birthday UN" concept. 

For each educational outreach session, the UNIC NIO made welcome remarks to the students, asked some UN knowledge questions and gave awards for good answers, made of UN books. The UNIC made full use of the UN4U information materials: reading of the Secretary General Message on the above Day and screening of its video version, as well as screening of the DPI Outreach Division’s animation on the United Nations.  The PowerPoint presentation entitled "United Nations Overview was translated into French and screened for the students.

A PowerPoint on the UN System in Burundi which includes information on the history of the UN Agencies in Burundi, their opening dates in Burundi and their respective mandates and main activities in the country, was also screened. 

Students showed very much interest in the UN Organization’s origin, mandates and key priority issues that are being addressed now. They asked many questions and made a couple of comments on the UN successes and mitigated results achieved. 

UNIC also printed the photo and graphic design DPI materials in big sizes and exhibited them in UNIC internal places including the conference room, Library, Offices, compound, etc…

Around three hundred students participated in the activity. They were accompanied by their Historic and civic and leadership courses’ teachers. 

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Celebrating UN Day in Azerbaijan

24 October 2014
Learning about the United Nations

On the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October 2014, UNO Baku organized a “UN4U” outreach campaign at Qafqaz University in Baku by given a comprehensive presentation to students about the organization. The event was joined by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN Service) and brought together more than 50 students specializing in International Relations and Public Administration. 

During the opening remarks the Secretary General’s message was read out on the occasion of UN Day. It said: “The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.” 

 The event continued with a video screening about UN activities, its aims, structure, and ideals of peace and social and economic progress which have remained the basic goals of the organization since 1945. 

The UNO Baku team followed the message with a presentation on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and briefed the audience on MDG success in the country based on statistical facts provided by the government of Azerbaijan.  The audience was also informed about its post-2015 Development agenda and the current consultations with the Azerbaijani government for setting immediate priorities for Sustainable Development Goals. 

In the same context, a presentation was delivered on the most advanced system of public service delivery in Azerbaijan, by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (ASAN Service). ASAN is a new innovative model of public service delivery, where many services from various governmental departments and private companies brought in a single administrative building called “ASAN service” centres.   

During the event it was also mentioned that as part of MDG 9 - Establishing and Strengthening Good Governance, ASAN Service enables citizens of Azerbaijan to have more straightforward, efficient and transparent access to public services.

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UN Day marked with funfair in Lagos

24 October 2014
Students in a play to mark UN Day

It was a slightly cloudy Friday morning in Lagos.  The streets looked normal - the traffic, cacophonous sound, the siren-blasting security vehicles; with vendors and hawkers dotting the major roads.  As one veered off the expressway into one of the feeder roads Ajah, a Lagos suburb, a more euphonious sound faded in with an increasing decibel as one moved closer to the premises of Sunglee Formation School, Ajah, Lagos, the venue of the Day observance.

With funfair, over 200 students from Basic to Senior Secondary level presented country information of selected UN member States including recitation of their National Anthems, which drew a resounding applause from the guests. Of particular note was the drama presentation hinged on ‘The importance of community cooperation in fostering peace’ staged by the students.

The UN Day observance had started a day earlier with the visit to Falomo Senior High School, Ikoyi Lagos where over 50 students were engaged to discuss the United Nations and its works, as part of activities marking the 2014 United Nations (UN) Day.

In his message on the 2014 UN Day, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, called for reaffirmation of commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable.

The message read on his behalf by the Senior Public Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Envera Selimovic, added that everyone should ‘work in common cause for the common good.’ 

Selimovic charged the students to always be of good behaviour and worthy ambassadors of their families in order to excel in life.

Speaking on the occasion, the Proprietress of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Mrs Caroline Olaniyi, noted that global peace began with individual families and therefore, called on everyone to be instruments for promoting peace.

The Secretary General’s message was also translated into Yoruba Language and shared with the students of Falomo Senior High School and a live radio audience on ‘Faaji 106.5 FM Lagos by the National Information Officer of UNIC, Oluseyi Soremekun.

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UN Day Celebrated in Indonesia

24 October 2014
Information stand on UN Day

The UN in Indonesia marked United Nations Day with a special event hosted by Universitas Budi Luhur (UBL) in South Jakarta that celebrated both the achievements of the organization and the important contributions that Indonesia has made to the United Nations.

Indonesia's role at the UN during the week was reaffirmed through its re-election for a second term to the UN Human Rights Council, and the country remains one of the top 20 contributors to the UN's peacekeeping operations, with close to 2000 police, military experts and troops currently in the field.

Indonesia has also made significant progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), reaching the MDG target for rates of tuberculosis in 2011, and halving the rate of child mortality, among others.

Delivering the keynote address, Indonesia's Director General for Multilateral Affairs and former ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Hasan Kleib, spoke about Indonesia’s role in international peacekeeping operations.

“Indonesia, as a peace-loving country, will continue to contribute to international peacekeeping operations. To send a peacekeeper is an added value to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as it raises our credentials, and to bring attention to Indonesia’s role in peacekeeping,” he said in his keynote speech.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Douglas Broderick, further reflected on Indonesia's role in the international community, urging all Indonesians to continue supporting the principles and values of the United Nations.

Mr. Broderick also commemorated Haitian international peacekeeper Dr. Mario A. Agustin with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal in the Service of Peace. Dr. Agustin died whilst in service to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) in 2012. For his service to the United Nations, the medal was presented to his Indonesian family, represented by his widow, Maretta Suderia.

Closing with a panel discussion on Indonesia's role in the UN's international peacekeeping operations, featuring Captain Sandra Michiko Moninkey, who served as a UN peacekeeper with UNIFIL in Lebanon in 2009 and the Head of Research and Policy Development for International Organisations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fikri Cassidy.

The event was organised by UNIC Jakarta and UBL - a Indonesian partner in the UN Secretary-General's Academic Impact initiative, and included the participation of the Indonesian Peacekeeping Training Centre (Pusat Misi Pemeliharaan Perdamaian TNI, PMPP).  “Today we witnessed the importance of all sectors of society coming together to celebrate the values of the UN, from Governments, academic institutions, uniformed personnel and youth,” said UN Information Centre Jakarta Director Michele Zaccheo.

UN Day is celebrated each year on 24 October, marking the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945 - the founding document that formally established the United Nations.

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