In consultation with the Resident Coordinator’s Office and in continuation of its commitment to promoting the UN 70th anniversary as a one UN event in Nigeria, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja, has presented to the UNCT an update on activities so far in Nigeria and proposed events for the rest of the year.
Mr Kayanja proposed a formal launch of UN@70 with the Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs which will be succeeded by monthly events until December 2015. However, according to him, there would be one week of activities which would climax on 24th October 2015 when the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is expected to be Chief Guest of Honour.
Other proposed activities include an international conference on the UN@70 organised in partnership with the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs proposes; Peacekeeping Command of the Nigerian Military to honor fallen combatants during Peacekeeping operations; Public lectures on the UN and Nigeria organized in collaboration with Covenant University, Ota Ogun State; School Arts Exhibitions and essay competitions on the work of the UN by a School in Abuja and another one Ogun State; and a Photo exhibition which would probably be the world’s longest photo exhibition organized with Femi Arts Warehouse and planned to be staged at the Bar Beach, Lagos, among others.
In his contribution, the Resident Coordinator observed that the 70th anniversary provided a platform for the UN system to highlight its works in the country. He, therefore, called on all Head of Agencies to communicate UN@70 during their activities.