Use social media wisely and positively – UNIC tells youths as Social Media Week Lagos holds

26 February 2015
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Nigerian youths have been urged to use the various social media platforms wisely and positively to enhance their self-development and that of the society. ‘Your social media activities could add value to you or devalue you, use social media wisely and positively’, the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, had told an audience of predominantly youths during the Social Media Week Lagos.

The Social Media Week Lagos organized by UNIC and a Non-Governmental Organisation, DoTheDream Initiative, was held at the Library Auditorium of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Ikoyi Lagos.

The National Information Officer warned the youths to be careful of what they do in the cyber space, explaining that from their social media posts, comments and tweets, opinions could be formed about their character and disposition to issues and people.

‘You are what you like on Facebook; your tweets mirror your personality and what you stand for; your social media posts are reflections of your character,’ Soremekun explained, ‘therefore, keep your activities clean and positive as you are accountable for your action and must be ready to bear the consequences of your actions.’

The National Information Officer who spoke on ‘Using Social media wisely’, also urged the youths to always cross-checked their contents very well before posting for public view. He added that contents, including photographs and videos that were not created by them should be credited to the copyright owners.

In his presentation on ‘Social media, the Game changer’, a social media expert and family therapist, Olutayo Olushola, underscored the capability of the social media to transform businesses and lives. He charged the youths to always nurture positive thoughts and harness the power of social networking to transform lives.

The Founder and Director of Programmes of DoTheDream Initiative, Olutayo Olumadewa had earlier welcomed the participants and enjoined them to make the best use of the opportunity to learn more about optimizing the benefits of the social media.

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Youth Outreach Event on the “Role of Youths in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”

09 February 2015

The UN System in Cameroon in partnership with the Cameroon National Youth Council organized a Youth Outreach event on the “Role of Youths in the Post 2015 Development Agenda” on Tuesday 17 February 2015 at the UNIC Conference Room. This was chaired by the Resident Representative of UNFPA; Ms. Barbara M. Sow and the President of the National Youth Council, Mr. Jean-Marc Mbafor, as second panelist.

The discussion was a forum for exchange with youths on the “future we want”, and geared towards giving answers to the question “What is the role of youth in the post-2015 agenda?” 

Ms Barbara Sow urged the more than 45 youths present to focus on their roles as individuals, citizens, and as youth in making the world a better one. Ms Sow called on youths to be constructively engaged in burning issues in Cameroon and the world. She presented her own role by stressing that «J'ai la responsabilité des vous inciter d'être les leaders d'ici 2030, les leaders qui vérifieront si le monde aura atteint les Objectives du développement durable.»

Mr. Jean-Marc Mbafor deplored the huge youth apathy observed, as youths have resigned from issues which are supposed to be theirs. Youth mobilisation is thus greatly weakened. "We need to set up institutions that enable youth to be part of the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda and institution to hold our governments accountable. But the state will never give us everything that we demand, so we need to take over some responsibilities ourselves", he emphasises.

Both panellists and the participants agreed that entry points for youth participation in governance have to be created, and that youth need to participate actively in the development of Cameroon also, in order to be taken seriously as a counterpart with whom the government can work. 

At both the Open day exposition and the Youth Outreach event, Ms. Paula Hogrebe drummed support for the “MyWorld Campaign” and invited Youths to vote either on the spot or online by selecting 6 top priorities of ‘how they want the world to be’, from a list of 16 objectives. 

As contribution, Youth participants stated the need of a quota of ministerial and leadership positions to be attributed to youth, and recommended that "through a youth civil service, youth should contribute to development projects in rural and disadvantaged areas. Even if service is not institutionalized, youths should go out and get engaged! Support digging a well or something alike!" These discussions which once again proved the dynamism of the Cameroonian youth were moderated by UNIC’s Jean Njita. In attendance were colleagues from UNDP/UNV, UNAIDS, WHO, ILO, UNFPA, and UNESCO.

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Open Day Exposition at the First Africa Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting

09 February 2015

On the sideline of this Africa Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ meeting, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education organized an open day exhibition inside the Conference Centre, bringing together their partner Associations and the UN System. UNIC was tasked by the UN Youth Thematic Group to coordinate UN’s participation at the exposition. The ONE UN Stand was mounted to showcase UN collective actions for youths in Cameroon and worldwide. Documents related to UN substantive work on Youth issues on the stand were contributed by UN Development Programme, UN Volunteers, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UN Population Fund, UN WOMEN, International Labour Organization, UNAIDS, Worls Health Organization and UNIC. More than 700 participants were handed documents on UN efforts aimed at empowering youths for the “future we want”.

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Foster a love for reading among Namibian Youth

09 February 2015

UNIC Windhoek handed over reading books to the Gammams Primary school library to encourage and build on the reading culture. The reading culture is on a sharp decline in our country, but through book donations and book corners, we can encourage the youth to foster a love for reading, a skill required in all subjects ultimately. Taking receipt of the books is Ms. Kaimo the principal at Gammams Primary school, a school in a disadvantaged neighbourhood. She expressed her gratitude toward UNIC Windhoek for the book donation.

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