Peace and Security, protection of Human Rights, and Sustainable Development form the major mandates of the United Nations.
The United Nations works across the world with Governments, NGOs, CSO’s, and Private Sector to achieve the goals of Peace and Development.
However, peace can not be sustainable without justice.
The Director, United Nations Information Centre, Nigeria, Mr Ronald Kayanja stated this in Lagos while playing hosts to a Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, who came soliciting for partnership with UNIC Nigeria.
Mr Kayanja told the team that UNIC, Nigeria, promotes Communication and Advocacy of UN activities working with Resident Coordinator and agencies of the United Nations to ensure that the host country and nations of the world achieve sustainable development.
He maintained that peace would be compromised where pockets of prosperity and sea of poverty co-exist, thus there was the need for accelerated action as embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which he described as interrelated.
The Director noted that Non-Governmental Organisations working with communities have lots to do in the actualisation of the Agenda 2030 – a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.
Mr Kayanja submitted that to fast track the agenda, Heads of State and Government gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in September in New York to follow up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He stressed that the gathering led to the adoption of the Political Declaration, “Gearing up for a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.
The Director cited that activities of the NGO, CEPEJ in the area of Peace and Environment would go along way to help resolving issues around mutual tolerance and justice in the environment.
The National Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, Comrade Sheriff Mulade lauded, UNIC, Nigeria for its role in Nigeria and hands of support with the NGO in the areas of peace promotion, tolerance between communities and environmental justice.
Comrade Sheriff and his team also used the occasion to present report card of the activities of the NGO United Nations Information Centre, Nigeria.