The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun has urged the students of Crawford University Igbesa, Ogun State, to believe in their abilities as they seek academic excellence and gainful employment afterwards.
He said this during an interactive session with the International Relations and Political Science students of Crawford University who on Wednesday, 11 May 2016, were on educational visit to the United Nations (UN) office in Lagos. Answering questions on career in the UN, the National Information Officer affirmed that the United Nations is an organization of equal opportunities and open to all. However, Mr Soremekun charged them to concentrate on their studies; prepare well for any future interview opportunities and believe in themselves. ‘If you believe, then you achieve’, he added.
Earlier in his presentation on ‘The United Nations, Global Realities and Global Goals’, he explained the response of the United Nations and member States to global quest for development when in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals with a 15-year life cycle were adopted.
Having taken stock of the achievements and short-comings of the MDGs towards the end of its cycle in 2015, he continued, there was a wide consultations with UN member States, the private sector and the Civil Society to build on the achievements of the MDGs and address areas that left much to be done. The outcome he explained to the students was the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted and signed off by 193 countries in September 2015.
Many of the students who answered questions on the presentation correctly were given copies of the United Nations Charter’ and the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)’.
The faculty was presented with copies of the Charter and the UDHR as well as the UNIC Lagos SDGs Year Planner.