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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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UNIC Lagos marks International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Lagos – Working with the theme of this year’s observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery/the Transatlantic Slave Trade and to create awareness on the history and lessons of slave trade, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with the United Nations Citizens Ambassador for Africa, organized an interactive forum, on Friday 25 March 2011.  Continue reading

Observance of International Women’s Day 2011

Lagos – Working with the idea to empower women and with the theme of the observance of the centenary of International Women’s Day, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, in collaboration with Women’s Optimum Development Foundation (WODEF) organized a special interactive and capacity building forum on “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”. Continue reading

Recent United Nations Publications April – May 2010

UNICEF “Facts for Live” –  4th edition
Almost 9 million children died in 2008 from preventable illnesses (pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles and AIDS) before reaching their 5th birthday. This edition has new sections and chapters, such as Newborn Health and Child Protection.

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Renowned African musicians join the UN in a song to end poverty by 2015

8 Goals for Africamusic video to be screened across South Africa during World Cup

Johannesburg, South Africa – Helen Clark, the chair of the UN Development Group which brings together all UN agencies working in development, today launched 8 Goals for Africa, a campaign song by eight of Africa’s best known musicians, calling for commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – a set of eight internationally-agreed goals designed to reduce poverty, hunger, disease, and maternal and child deaths by 2015.

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