Public Lecture on MDGs

20 August 2014

At the event

 

Mr. Musinga Bandora, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Namibia delivered a public lecture at the University of Namibia on the topic:  “From the Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals of the New Post 2015 Development Agenda: Process and Prospects for Africa and Namibia-Making the New Agenda Work”

The lecture was well attended by academia, civil society, students, ambassadors and representatives from the development community. “For those who may not know, Namibia played a crucial role in the coming into being of the MDGs. H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, co-presided over the Millennium Summit which met in September 2000 to discuss the role of the United Nations at the turn of the 21st century.  Equally, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Theo Ben Gurirab, was President of the UN General Assembly in 2000 when it adopted the Millennium Declaration which inspired and gave birth to the MDGs. We are all indebted to Namibia in this regard,” he said.

With the global campaign in full swing from 16-22 August 2014, highlighting the 500 day mark away from the MDG deadline, the onus will shift on the new Post 2015 Agenda and how it should be evolved.

Mr Bandora reflected on the results and achievements of Namibia in particular, highlighting the areas where the country has met the targets as well as the areas where work is required. He highlighted the development required in Africa and went into great detail on the approaches and core elements. 

The lecture was followed by intellectual questions and sparked interesting debate around the MDGs.  

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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.

Iran plays important role in helping UN gain better access for humanitarian organizations in Syria and, elsewhere - USG Amos

17 August 2014

Valerie Amost

 

A senior UN official while announcing that almost 11 million people are in need throughout Syria said Iran has a very important role to play in helping UN gain better access for humanitarian organizations in Syria and elsewhere. 

Addressing a press conference organized by UNIC Tehran on 17 August 2014, the visiting United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said that out of those 11 million, 4.7 million people live in areas that are hard to reach and 241,000 live in besieged communities. She emphasized that the UN is of course responding to this unprecedented crisis.

During her two-day official visit (17-18 August), Ms. Amos met and conferred with Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abbass Araqchi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abodollahian, President of Natural Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) Esmaeil Najjar and President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) Dr. Mohammad Farhadi.

The UN humanitarian official said she had an important opportunity to discuss with the Government partners ways in which UN can strengthen its partnership to improve regional cooperation on humanitarian assistance and also to discuss the major humanitarian crisis in the region. 

Press conference

 

Referring to the humanitarian situation in Iraq she said people were faced with a rapidly unravelling humanitarian crisis, which has already caused one of the largest internal population displacements in the world. 

“Attacks, systematic persecution and grave human rights abuses against civilians by the so called Islamic State and other armed groups are outrageous,” she said adding that UN agencies and partners are supporting national, regional and local government authorities in the aid efforts. 

She said in Gaza, 1,975 Palestinians, including 1,417 civilians and 67 Israelis were killed during the conflict and an estimated 10,000 people have been injured, including 3,000 children and 3000 women. Amos added that damage to hospitals, schools and UNRWA shelters where people displaced sought refuge, will take months to rebuild. The UN response continues, including deliveries of food, water and household good. Medicines and fuel are being delivered to hospitals.

“We will continue to help the people of Syria, Iraq and Gaza,” she emphasized.  

Before departing Tehran, Ms. Amos participated in a ceremony marking World Humanitarian Day (WHD) 2014 at Iranian Centre for International Conferences (ICIC) on Monday 18 August.  

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Scout Movement – National Route 2014 – “One Way” - AGESCI

15 August 2014

Campsite

 

UNRIC Brussels Desk for Italy was invited by the Italian branch of the World’s Scouts movement (AGESCI) to take part in the so-called “National Route 2014”, the largest such gathering ever organized in Italy and one of the largest worldwide, taking place during the first two weeks of August in the San Rossore (Pisa) park, former summer residence of the Italian President of the Republic. The total number of participants was around 31.000, all of them in the age group between 16 and 21 and mostly coming from throughout Italy, following several weeks of preparation and hundreds of minor events. There was also a significant foreign presence. The event consisted of thousands of mobile camps dotting the 5-km main stretch of road crossing the park. 

In what was a really exciting experience, the Desk Officer was asked to hold a number of presentations – along with a colleague from UNICRI office in Rome – on the United Nations. They very informally took place inside the forest, featuring each time some thirty-forty scouts rotating among the hundreds of seminars that were organized on a broad array of themes, with experts, practitioners, academics. These meetings – three-hour each - centered upon the common values the scouts and the UN share, in terms of solidarity, commitment, idealism-driven action, respect for diversity, integration. For the majority of the scouts, many of whom are still high school students, it was a stimulating introduction to the concept itself and system of the United Nations, which spurred dialogue and exchanges of view among them. The national educational system and its shortcomings; youth unemployment; humanitarian activities in the field were among the most debated issues within the working groups. The Desk Officer distributed “I love the UN pins” to participants and invited them to join the Office’s social media pages.

In this respect, the Desk Officer liaised with the event’s media office, which was handling the relevant Facebook and Twitter profiles and committed to massively disseminating UNRIC’s coordinates to the 31,000 participants (this determined a rise in the membership of UNRIC Desk for Italy's social media pages). In the interview he had with the editor in chief of the magazine of the movement, “Camminare Insieme” (Walk Together), the Desk Officer emphasized the common elements (see above) and stressed the high educational value of such a unique initiative.

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