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Report on the event to mark 2013 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Lagos – UNIC Lagos marked the International Day on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at the hall of a private secondary school – Fountain Heights Secondary School. The event which attracted a total of 172 participants included five senior secondary school students, the media and two NGOs.


The Officer-in-charge Ms. Olajumoke Araba reading the SG’s message. Seated from left is Mrs. Aliku an Education Consultant, next is the Principal of the host School Mrs. A. Delano and extreme right is the Moderator –Prince Goodluck Obi – CEO GADLYP.

The event started with a short address by the Officer-in-charge of the Centre – Ms. Olajumoke Araba declaring the Exhibition of the “Diplomats” being honoured in this years’ commemoration open to the public. The display of the “Rescuers” had been put up in the school lobby since Friday 25 January and will be on till Friday 01February.This was followed by a welcome address by the Principal of the host school – Mrs. Adebimpe Delano. The Officer-in-charge then read the message of the Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

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Observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25 Nov. 2012.

Lagos – United Nations Information Centre Lagos Nigeria, in collaboration with an NGO – Women Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF) organized an interactive forum on Tuesday 27 November 2012 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.


From Right -Left is the Divisional Police Officer for Bariga, UNIC Lagos Officer-In-Charge Ms. Olajumoke Araba, National Coordinator of WODEF – Mrs. Bimbo Oloyede, Proprietress Southfield Children Academy – Mrs. Chioma Dawodu, Principal Southfield Children Academy Mrs. Clementina Egwuglo and Principal Consultant to the School, Mr.Joel Alabi.

The event which was held at the hall of Southfield Children Academy was attended by over sixty-seven participants including students and their teachers from seven secondary schools in the Bariga area of Lagos, representatives from State Police Command, the media and Non Governmental Organizations.

The National Coordinator of WODEF, Mrs. Bimbo Oloyede gave the welcome remarks while the Secretary-General’s message was read by the Officer in Charge of the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos, Ms. Olajumoke Araba.

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Lagos – UNIC Lagos Library Assistant was in two schools in the week of 22nd October to mark UN Day. She was at Ebenezery Heights International School, Lekki, Lagos on Monday 22 October for the UN4U outreach programme and Tade School in Apapa, Lagos to mark UN Day and also the UN4U outreach programme on Wednesday 24 October.


UNIC Library Assistant reading the Secretary-General’s message at Ebenezery Heights International School

At Ebenezery Heights International School, she spoke to an audience consisting of Junior Secondary School (JSS) pupils and Primary 5 and 6 pupils and some of their Teachers numbering 88. First of all, she read the Secretary-General’s message for UN Day.  She then gave the UN4U presentation. Two of the three videos were screened to the audience. They were “Out of Many, One” and “My World. My UN”.  ”I Was Here” by Beyonce could not be screened, in its place, “United Nations It’s your world” was screened. Overall, the pupils were quite excited and they got the message.

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Lagos – UNIC Lagos Library Assistant (who is acting as the Officer-in-Charge) was at the event organised by an NGO – African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives to mark the International Day of Peace.


Audience at the event observing a minute silence

The NGO organised a series of competitive debates among Junior Secondary school pupils in public schools in Lagos State.

The Grand finale of the debates was held on Friday 17 October at TV Continental in Lagos. The event could have been done earlier but for the pupils who were still on holidays on the designated day (21 September) for the International Day of Peace.

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Celebration of the United Nation Day

Lagos – United Nations marks 66th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter since 1945.
24 October has been celebrated as the United Nations Day since 1948.

In commemoration of the United Nations Day 24 October 2011, The United Nations Information Centre paid an educational visit to Sea Gate College, Apapa Lagos.

No fewer than thirty- eight Students, 10 Teachers and the Principal were in attendance.

Activities for the day comprised Film Screening, Question and Answer Session.

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UNIC Lagos commemorates Nelson Mandela International Day

Lagos – UNIC Lagos staff and interns (nine in all) serving at both UNIC Lagos and with an orphanage, spent 67 minutes of their time at a facility for persons with Down syndrome disability to honour Nelson Mandela on his Day.

The team was led by the Library Assistant to the facility whose Chief Executive Officer is Mrs. Rose Mordi. The facility comprised of a school and a hostel for the Down syndrome pupils.

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Launch of Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Lagos – The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos collaborated with other UN System agencies in Lagos, including WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA and IFC, to launch the Millennium Development Goals Report on Thursday, 7 July 2011. No fewer than 72 participants, including leaders of civil society organizations, representatives of the media and government institutions attended the Launch.

The Chairperson of the event, Dr. Charles Korir, Head of WHO Lagos Office and Deputy Head of the UN System in Lagos, gave the welcome remarks, stressing the importance of the MDGs Report in assessing how far countries have gone in meeting the targets set for the goals. Dr Korir emphasized the need for governments and civil society to intensify efforts in achieving these goals, as 2015 is now just a few years away. Highlights of the 2011 report were presented by the Officer in charge, UNIC Lagos, Ms Olajumoke Araba, who laid emphasis on the data on Sub-Saharan Africa, as Nigeria is in the region. Other heads of UN agencies in Lagos made contributions on the programmes and activities of their agencies to support the implementation of the MDGs in Nigeria. Dr. Charles Korir gave a general overview of the achievements of the UN System so far, in meeting the targets in Nigeria.

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Report On World Environment Day

Lagos – United Nation World Environment Day is commemorated annually on the 5th of June and to observe this event, the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos Nigeria organized an event on June 7, 2011 in collaboration with the Nigerian Environmental Society and CFAO-NIPEN Group.

The event was attended by one hundred and fifteen participants including students from secondary schools in Lagos, representatives from the State and Federal Ministries of Environment, Non Governmental Organizations and Civil Societal Organizations.

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Observance Of International Day Of United Nations Peacekeepers

Lagos – To create an awareness on the importance of the activities of United Nations Peacekeepers to school pupils, the United Nations Information Centre Lagos screened films on the theme of the 2011 observance of the International Day of Peacekeepers (Law, Order and Peace), at Badagry Senior Grammar School with pupils of Government Senior College Ajara, Badagry, Lagos in attendance on Tuesday 31 May 2011.

Mrs. Olajumoke Araba, the Library Assistant United Nations Information Centre presented the Secretary General’s message to the Senior Secondary school pupils and some of their teachers in attendance and also stressed the need to remember those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. She made mention of Hamminat Lawal, a Nigerian Police Peace keeper serving in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Timor Leste who spoke on her experiences as a Peacekeeper.

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World Press Freedom

Lagos – World Press Freedom Day 2011 was celebrated in Nigeria on May 3, 2011. In Lagos, the United Nations Information Centre participated in an event jointly organized by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate and the Nigerian Union of Journalists.

No fewer than forty-five journalists and representatives of other media interest groups took part in the event which started with an interactive teleconference session between the participants in Lagos and Elizabeth Bryant, a Paris-based American print/radio journalist.

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