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.
20 August 2014
UNIC Information Stand
"How do I get to work for the United Nations" is a common question when the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria engages with university students.
It was thus no surprise that the UNIC Pretoria Information Stand was popular at a Careers Fair hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.
For the past nine years, UNIC has been invited by SAIIA to participate as an exhibitor and as an information source at their annual Career Fair which attracts between 200 and 300 students from throughout Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The UNIC Pretoria National Information Officer, Sudeshan Reddy, who was assisted by several UNIC interns, sourced a wide range of UN information materials which were displayed on an exhibition table in the venue. Most of the materials were disseminated among the interested students – posters, publications, brochures and bookmarks among others.
In addition to eagerly receiving the information materials, the National Information Officer and the interns were inundated with numerous questions on, among other issues, job openings in the UN globally and nationally, the UNIC internship programme, the UN role in peacekeeping as well as the work of the UN in South Africa.
With over a dozen other information stands at the Career Fair, the UN exhibit was the most-visited and the whole programme was once again a meaningful example of youth outreach and information-sharing.
19 August 2014
UNIC Dhaka , the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), in partnership with ASA University Bangladesh, commemorated the World Humanitarian Day through a seminar and open discussion on 19 August 2014, at the University.
Vice-Chancellor of ASA University, Prof. Dr. Dalem Chandra Barman, presided over the session, while Gerson Brandao, Sr. Humanitarian Advisor, OCHA, spoke as chief guest. M. Moniruzzaman, from UNIC Dhaka, also spoke on the occasion and read-out the UN Secretary-General's message on the Day.
Senior Officials from the Fire Service and Civil Defense, Red Crescent Society and OXFAM were also present at the seminar. Around 200 volunteers, university students and faculties took part in the event.
The English version of the event can be found at: http://unicdhaka.org Bangla version: http://unicdhaka.org/bn/category/unic-activities-bn/
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.