As the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos continued its educational outreach activities, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) tagged ‘UN@70’ has remained the dominant point of discussion with students in both Primary and Secondary schools in Nigeria.
Interacting with the students of Intesida Schools, Alagbado Lagos, during an outreach session in the school, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that the UN was created ‘to save succeeding generations from war, protect human rights, establish conditions for justice, help stabilize international relations, give peace a more secure foundation, help the less developed countries, promote social progress and better standards of life.’
Soremekun stated that the UN ‘provides food to 90 million people in 80 countries; vaccinates 58 per cent of the world’s children, saving 3 million lives a year; assists over 38.7 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine or persecution; works with 193 countries to combat climate change and make development sustainable as well as keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents.
He added that the UN also fights poverty, helping improve the health and well-being of 420 million rural poor; and promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 39 million women a year.
Answering a question on why the UN leaves out men and prioritizes women and children during conflicts and crises, the National Information Officer explained that in a situation of conflicts and crises, women and children were the most vulnerable and always the victims while most conflicts were led and initiated by men.
Receiving some UN publications from the National Information Officer, the Proprietress of the school, Mrs Atinuke Bankole, acknowledged that the briefing session was very educational, informative and beneficial to the students and teachers in attendance.