UN committed to peace and intercultural dialogue in Nigeria

The United Nations (UN) System in Nigeria is committed to promoting culture of peace and intercultural dialogue in the country. To this end, the UN’s project, ‘Promoting Culture of Peace and Intercultural Dialogue in Nigeria through Education’ has entered the second phase of implementation.
This was disclosed by the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, in his welcome address at the event marking the 2012 International Day of Peace in Lagos on Friday, 27th September, 2013

The National Information Officer/OIC, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun addresses participants at the International Day of Peace event in Lagos

The National Information Officer/OIC, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun addresses participants at the International Day of Peace event in Lagos

According to him, the project which is an initiative of the Counter Terrorism Implementation Taskforce (CTITF) at the UN headquarters, New York, is being implemented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Abuja and has had representatives of Media Organisations, Bloggers, and Civil Society Groups from the North-East and the North-Central regions of Nigeria,
Student-participants sing for peace

Student-participants sing for peace

sensitised and trained on Culture of peace and Intercultural Dialogue. Mr Soremekun further disclosed that the training for the South-East and the South-South regions would soon hold.
In addition to this intervention, he said the UN system in Nigeria through the UNDP, has formulated a ‘National Infrastructure for Peace’ strategy as a sustainable approach to peace building and will be implemented in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Speaking further, Mr Soremekun called on Nigerians to be receptive to peace education and imbibe the culture peace and intercultural dialogue, which he said, was a panacea for national development. According to him, peace education should be taken to both the formal and the non-formal sectors as there cannot be
A student addresses the audience on 'Education for Peace.'

A student addresses the audience on ‘Education for Peace.’

any meaningful development without peace.
In his keynote address on the occasion, the President and Chief Executive Officer of African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives (AFPLI), Rev. Dr. Titus Oyeyemi, called for strengthening of Peace education in all Secondary schools in Nigeria. Peace education, according to him, would help the students to imbibe the spirit of peace and dialogue, early in life.
A cross-section of the high table at the event.

A cross-section of the high table at the event.


Speaking on Social Media and Peace Education, on the occasion, the Chairman of Media Awareness and Information for All Network (MAIN) and the Dean, School of Communication, Lagos State University, Lagos, Prof Lai Oso, called on the participants, especially the youths to use social media to promote peace and dialogue across cultures. Social media, according to him, is a powerful media tool that could be used effectively to spread messages of peace in Nigerian.
International Day of Peace is celebrated every 21st September.