Importance of social media to Immigration Service stressed

UNODC - WorkshopThe strategic importance of the social media platforms to the Nigerian Immigration Service in its efforts to combat organised crime related to irregular migration has been emphasised.

Making the emphasis at the weekend was the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun while speaking on ‘The imperative of deliberate communication engagement with intended travellers’ at the workshop on ‘New Media Strategies and Communications for combating organised crime related to irregular migration’ organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the European Union. Continue reading

UNCTAD Report launched in Lagos, warns on debt: Africa should find new ways to finance development

unctad - report presentation

African Governments should add new revenue sources to finance their development, such as remittances and public–private partnerships, and clamp down on illicit financial flows, an UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report (EDAR) said, warning that debt looks unsustainable in some countries.

The Report which was presented to the Nigerian Media at a launch organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, on behalf of UNCTAD, on Thursday 21 July 2016, was reviewed by Prof AKpan Ekpo of West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) and co-presented by the Director, UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja. Continue reading

Leadership, peace and security take centre stage at symposium and photo exhibitions on Nelson Mandela Day

High table - standing“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself” – Nelson Mandela

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership” – Nelson Mandela

The above two quotations by Nelson Mandela captured the mood and the focus of the symposium, film   screening and photo exhibitions organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos; the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA); the South African Consulate General, Lagos and the United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) as part of activities marking the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day in Nigeria. Continue reading

Cooperation among agencies in the justice sector key to implementation of Nelson Mandela Rules on the treatment of prisoners

Mandela Day - High Table

Head of UNODC Lagos Office, Mr Glen Prichard; Secretary General of UN Association, Engr. Ganiyu Owolabi; Counsellor Political, South African Consulate, Mr Peter Makwarela; UNIC Lagos Director, Mr Ronald Kayanja; Controller of Prisons, Lagos, Mr Olumide Tinuoye; the Consul General of the South African Consulate General, H.E. Mr Darkey Africa; and the Human Rights Adviser to the UN Nigeria, Dr Martin Ejidike.

Tuesday 19 July 2016: Coordination and cooperation among agencies in the justice sector is a critical success factor in the implementation of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, otherwise known as the ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’.

This was the major resolution reached yesterday, 18 July 2016 after the discussion of the Nelson Mandela Rules with scores of Prison Officers drawn from the five prison facilities, including the female medium security prison, in Lagos State, as part of activities marking the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day in Nigeria. Continue reading

Invest more in young people – Ban Ki-moon

WYSD - Art works WYSD - UNIC Nat Info Officer Oluseyi Soremekun speaksThe Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban- Ki Moon has urged everyone to invest more in empowering young people. He said this in his message on the observance of the World Youth Skills Day organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with ‘Yes I Believe Academy’ (YIBA) and held on July 15th 2016 at the Library Auditorium of UNIC Ikoyi Lagos.

In the speech delivered by the National Officer of UNIC, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, the Secretary General stated that “Empowering young people through skills development strengthens their capacity to help address the many challenges facing society, including poverty, injustice and violent conflict.” Continue reading

Model United Nations (MUN) organisers urged to work together

MUN - DirectorThe Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, has urged organisers of Model United Nations (MUN) in Nigeria to work together and with the United Nations Information Centre, to increase awareness of the MUN in the country and build the African Model United Nations.

Mr Kayanja said this while welcoming participants to the one-day capacity building workshop on ‘Model United Nations’ held at the Library Auditorium of UNIC Ikoyi, Lagos on Thursday, 14 July 2016. Continue reading

New pilot initiative in Kaduna will boost inclusive growth in African food industry

UNSustainableDevelopmentGoals_Brand-02United Nations SDG Fund, FG, Kaduna Government, chefs Roca Brothers and Sahara Group launch a joint platform to create jobs, promote gender equality and reduce food waste

Jere, Kaduna (Nigeria), 14 July 2016. As Nigeria embraces a challenging economic diversification process, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) is working in Kaduna to pilot an innovative approach aimed at revamping the food sector to creating new jobs for young people, increase farmers’ revenues, improve productivity, enhance nutrition and reduce food loss through more sustainable production practices. Continue reading

Reduced inequalities possible with individual action & comprehensive government policies

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own” – Cesar ChavezGoal - 10

The world as a whole is becoming richer. According to the Pew Research Centre analysis of data from the World Bank database (2015), the share of the population defined as poor has actually fallen by nearly half since 2001, dropping to around 15%, and income inequality between countries is in fact diminishing. However, whilst income inequality between countries is declining, inequality within countries is on the rise. UNDP report, 2013, ‘Humanity Divided: Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries’ notes that on average, income inequality increased by 11% in developing countries between 1990 and 2010. Continue reading

Promoting decent work and economic growth, a task for all.

decent workPoverty eradication is enhanced through stable and well-paid jobs. Nearly 2.2 billion people live below the US$2 poverty line. Global unemployment increased from 170 million in 2007 to nearly 202 million in 2012, of which about 75 million are young women and men.470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030. Continue reading

Clean water and Sanitation for all, a 2030 agenda

Wclean waterater is a major component of not just the earth but every form of living. According to various statistics, it makes up for about 70% of the earth. There are various uses of water; it is used for feeding, bathing, drinking, transportation etc. Water is useful across all works of life and is an essential resource for living and for survival. The whole earth is filled with abundance of water but despite the availability, it’s been a big issue of concern as such a vital resource is not being well managed as it should be and the lack of proper protection of its various forms cannot be overlooked. Continue reading