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UNIC Trains Lagos Model United Nations (MUN) Organisers, Stresses Accuracy of Simulations

In promoting Model United Nations (MUN) simulations that accurately represent how the United Nations actually functions, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria, has organised a training workshop for organisers of the University of Lagos Model United Nations.

Conducting the training held today at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, the UNIC National Information Officer, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, explained the structure of the UN and the procedures and processes used for reaching decisions, as well as guidance on how to prepare for MUN conferences.

He disclosed that it had become imperative for the United Nations to provide technical support to organisers of MUN as up to 99% of MUN simulations around the world are not reflective of how the United Nations works.

“If you are organising a MUN simulation, then it must mirror the UN processes and procedures of deliberation and decision making. If the simulation deviates from the reality, then it is not MUN and should not be regarded as such.” He declared.

Mr Soremekun enjoined the participants who included students and faculty advisors to take MUN quality control very seriously and added that the UN Information Centre would continue to support MUN organisers around the country.

The training workshop was preparatory to the Lagos Model United Nations organised in partnership with UNIC and scheduled to hold at the University of Lagos from 13-15 July 2017.

UNIC Trains Lagos Model United Nations (MUN) Organisers, Stresses Accuracy of Simulations

In promoting Model United Nations (MUN) simulations that accurately represent how the United Nations actually functions, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria, has organised a training workshop for organisers of the University of Lagos Model United Nations.
Conducting the training held today at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, the UNIC National Information Officer, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, explained the structure of the UN and the procedures and processes used for reaching decisions, as well as guidance on how to prepare for MUN conferences.
He disclosed that it had become imperative for the United Nations to provide technical support to organisers of MUN as up to 99% of MUN simulations around the world are not reflective of how the United Nations works.
“If you are organising a MUN simulation, then it must mirror the UN processes and procedures of deliberation and decision making. If the simulation deviates from the reality, then it is not MUN and should not be regarded as such.” He declared.
Mr Soremekun enjoined the participants who included students and faculty advisors to take MUN quality control very seriously and added that the UN Information Centre would continue to support MUN organisers around the country.
The training workshop was preparatory to the Lagos Model United Nations organised in partnership with UNIC and scheduled to hold at the University of Lagos from 13-15 July 2017.

Replace Fear with Kindness – UN Secretary General

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has encouraged the world to replace fear with kindness in a message on the 100 Days countdown to the International Day of Peace.
In preparation for the International Day of Peace which is observed every year on the 21st of September, he encouraged the world to embrace peace as he restated his appeal for peace which he made upon assuming duties as Secretary General in January 2017.
The Secretary General stated that “the International Day of Peace embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed conflict”. He identified the day as a moment for the peoples of the world to acknowledge the ties that bind them together, irrespective of their countries.
Mr Guterres explained that there is more to achieving peace than the laying down of arms. He said “True peace involves building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of all the world’s people”. He went on to explain the theme for this year’s International day of Peace. According to Mr Guterres, the theme, which “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” is focused in particular on the plight of refugees and migrants all over the world. He asserted that the obligation of the international community is to ensure that all the people forced to flee their homes receive the protection they are entitled to under international law. He said “Our duty as a human family is to replace fear with kindness”.
He urged the world to remember in the next hundred days that “millions of vulnerable members of society need our understanding and assistance.” He stated that we should all strategize together about what we can do to help them, and recognize the many ways in which they contribute to and strengthen their host countries.
Mr Guterres added the need to redouble efforts in addressing the root causes of conflict, advance work for the Sustainable Development Goals, and heighten emphasis on preventing violence in the first place.

UN Human Rights Office clarifies error on Nigeria

A spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday explained why a reference to Nigeria in the High Commissioner’s keynote speech to the Human Rights Council was deleted shortly after it was delivered in Geneva on Tuesday.

“Regrettably, because of a technical error with our databases, the reference to Nigeria in the original speech stated incorrectly that one visit by Special Procedures was accepted last year, and that the last previous visit before that was in 2007,” said the High Commissioner’s Spokesperson Rupert Colville. “In fact, four mandate holders visited Nigeria last year, in two separate visits, and another visit had occurred two years earlier. We corrected the error as soon as it was brought to our attention, and a new version of the speech, without the incorrect reference to Nigeria, was posted on our website.”

In January 2016, there was a joint visit by three Special Rapporteurs (on the right to health; on contemporary forms of slavery; and on sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution). This was followed in August 2016 by a separate visit by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

The February 2104 visit was by the Independent Expert on minority issues. The term ‘Special Procedures’ is applied to a category of independent UN human rights experts, numbering 57 in total.  Most of them are Special Rapporteurs, but they also include some Working Groups and Independent Experts.

To see the corrected version of the High Commissioner’s speech to the Human Rights Council go to: www.ohchr.org

United Nations calls for tolerance to promote peace in Nigeria

The United Nations has noted with concern media reports of an ultimatum issued by northern youth groups during a press briefing held at Arewa House on Tuesday 6th June 2017 in Kaduna calling for all Igbos to leave Northern Nigeria by 1st October 2017. This follows a sit-down-strike in the five States of South East Nigeria on 30th May purportedly meant to observe the 50th anniversary of Biafra.

‘We have to work together to resolve peacefully any concerns that different groups in the country may have,’ says the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria Mr. Edward Kallon. ‘I am heartened by reactions of leaders from all over the country condemning this ultimatum.’

The United Nations calls for tolerance and a spirit of togetherness in transparency to address the concerns of all the citizens in a peaceful manner, while ensuring that no one is left behind in the quest for sustainable development. The UN further urges especially cultural and religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youth to settle differences peacefully, while also calling for the re-invigoration of the National Peace Committee which worked tirelessly during the elections period in 2015 to play a role and address the current concerns that impinge on the peace of the country.

Nigeria is a great country with immense potential to build the welfare of its population and lead Africa in meeting the sustainable development goals. This can only be achieved in an atmosphere of the rule of law and peace, where all citizens live happily irrespective of their ethnic or religious backgrounds.

‘I commend the Federal and State Governments, youth and civil society leaders, security agencies, cultural and religious leaders for their efforts to promote peace in the country.’ Said Mr. Edward Kallon. ‘And the UN is ready to continue supporting Nigeria to build an enduring democracy in peace, prosperity and respect for diversity.’

For more information please contact Ronald Kayanja (kayanjar@un.org)

Road Safety is part of SDGs and should be promoted by all – Kayanja

“#SaveLives#SlowDown campaign relates to the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and should be driven by all.” These were the words of the Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Nigeria, Mr. Ronald Kayanja, when members of the #SafeCross Campaign and UNIC engaged to promote the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week. ‘Safety on the road’, he continued, ‘is the responsibility of all and therefore, should not be left alone for the government.’

This year, the #SaveLives week, observed from 8 – 12 May is sub-themed #SlowDown. According to reports from the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme is based on statistics given that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to one in every three road traffic fatalities worldwide. Yet, only 47 countries of the world follow good practice on one of the main speed management measures, that is implementing an urban speed limit of 50km/h or less and allowing local authorities to reduce these limits further on roads around schools, residences and businesses. Studies have also indicated that road traffic crashes remain the number one cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years.

Mr. Kayanja also applauded the role of the role of State and Federal government in installing speed and traffic management measures such as; Traffic lights, roundabouts, speed bumps, zebra crossings, establishing speed limits appropriate for every type road in the country.

Conveners of the #SafeCross campaign, Messrs Chuks Anyaduba and Utchay Odims emphasized that the campaign involved all road users, both the motorists and pedestrians, as the motorists were educated on the intricacies involved in driving while the pedestrians were also enlightened on their use of the road.

Mr Kayanja was later presented with the ‘#SaveLives#SlowDown campaign’ banner on which he and the National Information Officer of UNIC, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, also appended their signatures.

 

Vacancy Notice: Hausa Language Information Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Terms of Reference: HAUSA LANGUAGE INFORMATION ASSISTANT
City and Country of Post: Lagos, Nigeria
Contract Type: Individual Service Contract
Level: SB 2 Peg 3: Expected Commencement: July 2017
Duration: Initial 6 months. Renewable depending on availability of funds

Organizational Framework

United Nations Information Centre  (UNIC) Lagos  has the mandate to communicate the work of, values, priorities and initiatives of the United Nations in Nigeria and around the world to the Nigerian Population.
Background

The United Nations promotes peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance. The Northern States of Nigeria are in need of the combination of UN interventions, especially with the Agenda 2030 and following the Paris Agreement on climate change. This is a region that has seen long periods of insurgency and humanitarian crisis; the Lake Chad is drying up and agriculture has become more difficult. There have been reported human rights violations especially by insurgent groups. The population largely communicates in Hausa language. While most of the population depends on radio – in all the different available formats and platforms – there is an increasing number of young people who are active on social media. The information disseminated through radio and social media has potential to reach up to 50 million Hausa speakers in the Sahel region of Africa.

UNIC Lagos plans to establish a Hausa language service at the Centre that will enable the United Nations improve messaging to Northern Nigeria, with potential to reach the entire Sahel region on Africa.

In view of the foregoing, UNIC Lagos is searching for potential candidate to be recruited for the position of Hausa Language Information Assistant; who would be based at UNIC Lagos but will work closely with the media, especially radio stations in Northern Nigeria and the Nigeria External Service radio (Voice of Nigeria) for the implementation of activities as outlined above.
Functions / Key Results Expected
·         Translate and disseminate the daily UN Radio news productions to Hausa radio         programmes around the country

·         Translate other DPI messages and material that UNIC Lagos will use in campaigns, including OpEds from senior UN officials as appropriate

·         UNIC Lagos to participate in Hausa radio programmes productions with message themes from DPI

·         Establish Hausa language platforms on UNIC Lagos social media to target the young people

·         Participate in school/educational outreach programmes in Northern Nigeria using Hausa

·         Provide Hausa language materials for schools; journalists and other target groups

·         Participate in interviews with international media on UN issues in Hausa

·         Regular reporting on progress UNIC Lagos is making with deployment of the Hausa service
Core Values and Competencies
Integrity

·         Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Acts without consideration of personal gain. Resists undue political pressure in decision-making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Professionalism

·         Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.

Respect for Diversity

·         Works effectively with people from all backgrounds. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Treats men and women equally. Shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making. Examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses. Does not discriminate against any individual or group.

Other Competences

Communications

·         Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Team Work

·   Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and Organising

·   Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation

·   Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Recruitment Qualifications
Education/Experience
Specifically s/he must:

·         Possess at least a university degree or its equivalent in Mass Communication or journalism

·         Be a native Hausa language speaker

·         Have experience living and working in Northern Nigeria

·         Have worked with the media for at least four years

·         Have a knowledge of the issues and challenges facing Northern Nigeria

·         Have some understanding of the United Nations

·         Have proven skills with social media

·         Be experienced with radio productions: production, directing, editing, digital radio and webcasting
Functional Competencies
·   Young, energetic and have some experience working as radio programmes producer in Hausa and preferably should have worked for one of the top Hausa radio stations in Nigeria

·   Good interpersonal skills  and ability to work effectively with team members, delivering through and with others;

·   Ability to apply judgment in the area of job assigned , plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;

·   Good writing skills  with  attention to details as well as understanding the conceptual frameworks;

·   Excellent communication and reporting skills;

·   Strong computer skills, including word processing, presentation packages (Power Point), Internet, etc;

·   Strong skills in the application of communication technologies;

·   Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a team.

·   Good English Language skills
Method of Application
All interested applicants should send an application letter with detailed CVs to UNIC Lagos.

Thru:     lagos@unic.org                         Submission Deadline: 15 May 2017

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UN reaffirms commitment to supporting Nigeria in addressing economic recession and North-East Crisis

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has reaffirmed his commitment and that of the United Nations system in Nigeria towards supporting the country’s efforts aimed at addressing current challenges such as the current economic recession and responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the North-East. “I am also aware of the numerous challenges in the middle-belt and in the south of the country”, Mr Kallon acknowledged during his one-week mission (10 – 14 April 2017) to Lagos State where he engaged Lagos State government, the private sector, the media and a few Federal Government parastatals. He further committed to supporting the government in implementing the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).  

“Addressing these challenges”, he noted, “would require a strong partnership between the Federal and State Governments and the United Nations.” “We need each other’s support and a strong partnership. A Stable North-East is good for business, a prosperous Lagos, is fertile ground for more investment and a stronger Nigeria is good for Africa.” He added.

Mr Kallon, who is also UNDP Nigeria Resident Representative, disclosed that his visit to Lagos afforded him an opportunity to engage with the Governor of Lagos State, H. E. Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and reach out to the private sector in order to explore avenues for enhanced partnership in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in addressing or the crisis in the North-East.

Discussing with Governor Ambode, Mr Kallon observed that “the phenomenal past growth and future growth prospects of Lagos should accrue equitably to all segments of society and all geographic areas of the State. There is need to ensure that the fruits of prosperity in the State are enjoyed by all. There is need to sustainably tame the ocean, pay attention to improving access to basic services while addressing poverty in all its dimensions without leaving anyone behind.” He emphasized, noting that the SDGs provided a framework which the State could use to address its development challenges.

“SDGs as a development framework is about national vision, national leadership and national ownership. We thus have a clear roadmap for the SDGs mainstreaming process. We should move with speed to begin its implementation bearing in mind that our comparative advantage does not lie in provision of financial resources but rather in technical expertise, cutting edge policy advisory support, institutional capacity building and convening power, bringing together all development actors around the table to discuss topical development issues.” He explained.

Responding, Governor Ambode reiterated the commitment of Lagos State Government to working with the United Nations. “We are willing and ready to learn from the UN experience and technical expertise.” He said.

Earlier on his mission, the Resident Coordinator paid a courtesy call on Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obansanjo at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta and also engaged with the Chairman of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote on the humanitarian crisis in North-East Nigeria and the need to act fast within the next eighteen months.

Mr Kallon who was accompanied on the mission by a few Heads of UN Agencies in Nigeria and other technical experts, also had interactive sessions with representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Lagos State; management of Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Preventing genocide, a shared responsibility – UN Secretary General    

As the world marked the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda at the weekend, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has noted that preventing genocide and other monstrous crimes is a shared responsibility of all and a core duty of the United Nations. “The only way to truly honour the memory of those who were killed in Rwanda is to ensure that such events never occur again.” He said in a video message watched by 300 students and parents who had gathered in Abuja to mark the Day.

“The world must always be alert to the warning signs of genocide, and act quickly and early against the threat.” Mr Guterres continued, “History is filled with tragic chapters of hatred, inaction and indifference – a cycle that has led to violence, incarceration and death camps.”

The Secretary General therefore urged everyone to learn the lessons of Rwanda and work together to build a future of dignity, tolerance and human rights for all.

Welcoming the audience to the educational briefing event organised by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos in collaboration with the Rwanda High Commission and Start-Rite School, Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja, the National Information Officer of UNIC, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that “We are observing the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to educate on the lessons of the genocide in Rwanda in order to help prevent similar acts happening anywhere in the future.”

He enjoined the students and other participants to see all tribes and religions as equal and complimentary of one another with none inferior to the other. ‘Tribes and tongues may differ’ Mr Soremekun continued, ‘but you must stand together in peace and unity.”

The Second Counsellor, Rwanda High Commission, Mr Protogene Nsengumuremyi, in his keynote address drew attention to the UN Security Council Resolution 2150 which condemns without reservation, any denial of the genocide and calls upon States that have not yet ratified or acceded to the Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide to consider doing so as a matter of high priority.

The programme featured film screening, reading of survivors’ testimonies and a drama sketch performed by students of Start-Rite School, Abuja. The programme was attended by students from seven schools including the host school, Start-Rite.

April 7 every year is the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.