Think.Eat.Save event in Canberra

06 June 2015

All attending a Think.Eat.Save event in Canberra, welcomed the announcement by Australian federal environment Minister, Mr. Greg Hunt, inviting the Labour party, the Australian Greens, and any interested federal cross-benchers into a dialogue to establish a National Food Waste 2025 Strategy.

Speaking at the Think.Eat.Save event at Parliament House, organized by OZHarvest and UNIC Canberra, the federal Minister also announced that Australian companies will be able to bid for funds to recover food waste as part of the federal government's carbon emissions reduction plan. 

This new plan to encourage food waste recovery was in recognition of the great national task of reducing poverty, waste and greenhouse emissions, the Minister said.

The CEO of OZHarvest, Ms. Ronnie Kahn, and a key partner with UNEP and FAO for the Think.Eat.Save campaign welcomed the announcement. She said that despite OZHarvest’s efforts of saving twelve million kilograms of surplus food in the last decade Australia still wastes 8 –10 billion dollars of good food each year.

Also speaking at the event was the Opposition Environment Spokesperson Mr. Mark Butler who thanked the Minister for the opportunity to participate and supported the proposal on behalf of the Labour party.

Next to speak was the Deputy Leader of the Greens, Larissa Waters who also endorsed the Minister’s announcement. She added that there was also a need to explore changes in the cosmetic standards of supermarkets explaining that ugly food can also be edible food and possible changes could assist in alleviating food waste, landfill and carbon emissions. 

Mr. Christopher Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Center, welcomed the tripartisan support and spoke briefly about the global challenges of food waste and loss and their direct links to climate change and the sustainable development goals.

Those attending the event were treated to a delicious meal created by chefs from Parliament House and OZHarvest made from food that would have ordinarily been thrown out.

The Think.Eat.Save event coincided with World Environment Day the following day.

Visit by Regional Head of UNCITRAL Asia/Pacific Office Mr Joao Ribeiro

06 June 2015

During his visit to Canberra, UNIC Canberra provided logistical and promotional support for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It was a very important visit to Australia by the representative as it provided an opportunity for UNCITRAL to discuss with Australian Government Officials the work that they were doing in the region and to thank the Australian Government for its support.

UNIC Canberra took the opportunity to interview Mr Ribeiro on UNCITRAL's work on International Trade Law and its links and importance to the successful implementation of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. 

During the interview, Mr Ribeiro commented on how International Trade Law can provide a level playing field between developed and developing countries through the standardization of legal processes which will be of benefit to all, particularly for small and medium enterprises which make up a large percentage of businesses in the Asia Pacific region.  This he said, can improve the lives of many, particularly women, and further the pursuit of social justice and peace.

The interview can be found here

UNIC Wins Lagos State Government Award of Recognition in Support of its School Initiative

05 June 2015

The Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Education gave an award to the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in recognition of its support to the government’s schools’ Initiatives. 

According to the Ministry, the award plaque, signed by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, was presented to UNIC Lagos “for partnering with the State Government in support of our Schools’ Initiative. The Government and People of the Centre of Excellence appreciate your support.”  

Receiving the award, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Ronald Kayanja, thanked the Lagos State Government for recognising the UN Information Centre’s Educational Outreach activities and its contribution to educational development of students. He noted that the existing collaboration between the Ministry of Education and UNIC Lagos became the launching pad during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak as UNIC Lagos in partnership with the Ministry of Education embarked on a robust Schools Hand-washing Campaign.

Kayanja reassured the Ministry of Education of UNIC’s continued partnership especially in relation to educational outreach activities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. 

The award plaque was presented to the Director by the Principal of Falomo High School, Mrs Catherine Abosede Adeboye.

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English Language Day at Rocky Crest High School

02 June 2015

UN English Language Day is observed annually on 23 April. During apartheid in Namibia, Afrikaans, German and English held the position of official languages; however, after independence from South Africa, the new government made English the sole official language in the constitution of Namibia. And for this reason UNIC Windhoek decided to take on the 2015 commemoration of the Day, to inform learners of its rich history, cultural impact, language connectivity as well as the strange grammar patterns and vocabularies. 

On 2 June, UNIC paid a visit to the Rocky Crest High School. Approximately, 35 grade 8 students attended the teaching, which included a short historical introduction on the origins of the English language as well as how the language had evolved as it began to spread across the globe. Accents and the use of Namlish in Namibia was then looked at and explored in detail. Throughout the entire presentation, the students were very attentive and eagerly expressed their opinions when invited and asked to do so.

Thereafter, two short video clips where shown to help the learners have a better understanding of how accents play a big role in the English language today. The learners were very keen to learn more about English and the various written forms and this was seen in their constant engagement and willingness to ask more questions on the subject matter.

A spelling bee contest was introduced to the learners whereby they had to provide the correct spelling of the word either in American English or British English. The learners excitedly took ownership and divided themselves into two teams and enthusiastically shared their answers. In closing, the learners were given a chance to view the Namlish vs. English exhibition on their way out.

Overall, the learners enjoyed the English Language Day educational outreach and thanked the United Nations Information Centre for visiting their school. One learner even exclaimed: “So, English lessons can be fun too.”