Category Archives: United Nations (UN) Day

United Nations targets Climate Action Summit to address Global Peace and Insecurity

United Nations want communities  to demand for Concrete Climate Action from leadership at all levels to foster peace in view of the threat posed by Climate Change.

This will lead to actualization for peace and development as Climate Change has been linked to conflicts and survival of the earth.

This was contained in a message by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres presented by the Director, United Nations Information Centre UNIC,Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja at the Celebration of the International Peace Day 2019 in Lagos on Friday, 20th of September, 2019.

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United Nations International Peace Day 2019

He told the participants at the event organised by the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources in Collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos that ‘Peace is at the heart of the work of the United Nations’ and that the UN would continue to lead awareness and mobilise governments, partners, civil societies, faith-based organisations to come together and work

‘to make ‘the world safe for us and future generations’

Speaking further on the theme for this year peace day which is ‘Climate Action for Peace’, Secretary-General pointed that ‘peace is more than a world free from war’ but a world that is stable, where everyone can enjoy fundamental freedoms, where every-one thrives rather than meets basic needs.

The Secretary General of the United Nations stated however that today’s world is faced with a ‘Climate Emergency’ and global crisis, which he described as a new threat to security and lives.
He however called on every one to take action and make demand from leaders, describing it as a race that must be won.

‘That’s why I am convening a Climate Action Summit in view of the Global Crisis’

Mr Kayanga had earlier noted that though climate change had been with human society for a long time, but ‘more recently, we have experienced much faster changes in climate globally, with rapid rise of average temperature near the earth surface’

He stressed that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated were the leading cause of the earth rapidly changing climate and identified increased population, burning of fossil fuel like coal, oil and gas for electricity, deforestation as other factors that have accelerated climate change.

The current conflicts in Nigeria is not unrelated to the changes in climate and so is the farmer herder violence witnessed in parts of Africa.

He outlined the ways to survive the situation was adaptation, that is, changes in process and practices to benefit from opportunities associated with climate change, and mitigation to help stop the global temperature rising.

He particularly challenged  young people to lead in the advocacy that protect the environment.

The Knowledge Management Assistant at the United Nations Information Center Lagos, Mrs Bolanle Olumekor, used the occasion to highlight the significance of the 17 objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, urging participants to mainstream these policies to achieve peace in the world.

In their goodwill messages Other stakeholders at the occasion including the delegates from Oshodi Local Government, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Open University of Nigeria, National Youth Service Corps, University of Lagos, Cultural group, The Nigeria Army, and secondary school students in the state all corroborated that harm done to the climate is harm done to humanity.

The affirmed the need for stakeholders to work together for change

The United Nations Information Centre, Nigeria was presented with Award for Promotion of Peace in Nigeria

 

UN Day 2014 marked with funfair in Lagos

It was a slightly cloudy Friday morning in Lagos. The streets looked normal – the traffic, cacophonous sound, the siren-blasting security vehicles; with vendors and hawkers dotting the major roads. As one veered off the expressway into one of the feeder roads Ajah, a Lagos suburb, a more euphonious sound faded in with an increasing decibel as one moved closer to the premises of Sunglee Formation School, Ajah, Lagos, the venue of the Day observance.

A presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation School, Ajah Lagos

A presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation School, Ajah Lagos


With funfair, over 200 students from Basic to Senior Secondary level presented country information of selected UN member States including recitation of their National Anthems, which drew a resounding applause from the guests. Of particular note was the drama presentation hinged on ‘The importance of community cooperation in fostering peace’ staged by the students.
A drama presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Ajah Lagos

A drama presentation by the students of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Ajah Lagos


The UN Day observance had started a day earlier with the visit to Falomo Senior High School, Ikoyi Lagos where over 50 students were engaged to discuss the United Nations and its works, as part of activities marking the 2014 United Nations (UN) Day.
In his message on the 2014 UN Day, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, called for reaffirmation of commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable.
Students of Falomo Snr. High School, Ikoyi Lagos saying 'Happy Birthday UN'

Students of Falomo Snr. High School, Ikoyi Lagos saying ‘Happy Birthday UN’


The message read on his behalf by the Senior Public Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Envera Selimovic, added that everyone should ‘work in common cause for the common good.’
Selimovic charged the students to always be of good behaviour and worthy ambassadors of their families in order to excel in life.
Speaking on the occasion, the Proprietress of Sunglee Foundation Schools, Mrs Caroline Olaniyi, noted that global peace began with individual families and therefore, called on everyone to be instruments for promoting peace.
Envera Selimovic addresses the students

Envera Selimovic addresses the students


The Secretary General’s message was also translated into Yoruba Language and shared with the students of Falomo Senior High School and a live radio audience on ‘Faaji 106.5 FM Lagos by the National Information Officer of UNIC, Oluseyi Soremekun.SONY DSC

Nigeria marks UN Day in style

‘I am a new parent in this school and this is my first time of attending a UN Day. I must admit that I have learnt a lot about the UN today. It is really great to see the children learning and enjoying themselves.’ – Mrs Yewande Ogunlana, a parent at Sunglee Formation School, Lagos.

The above comment of a member of the audience at this year’s United Nations Day in Lagos summarises the essence of 24 October every year. Since 1947 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October as a day that “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations…” Nigeria and the rest of the world have remained consistently committed to the commemoration of the day universally known as the United Nations (UN) Day.

UNIC officers, some parents and few students of Sunglee Formation School, Awoyaya, Lagos at the 2013 UN Day event.

UNIC officers, some parents and few students of Sunglee Formation School, Awoyaya, Lagos at the 2013 UN Day event.


The 2013 UN Day was marked in Nigeria with pageantry as activities held simultaneously in Abuja and Lagos. The highlights of the celebration included ‘UN4U’ Video show, Military parade by a detachment of the Nigerian Peace Keeping Force; Dance Drama on Peace; and Mock UN General Assembly Session and Playlets by students of Primary and Secondary schools.

Anchoring the Lagos end of the commemoration, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, organised outreach to two schools: Tade Schools, Apapa and Sunglee Formation Schools, Lekki-Epe Express Way, Awoyaya. The events attracted a total of 434 people made up of 300 students, 67 teachers and 67 parents. The atmosphere was electrifying as students with flags of some UN member nations, sang for peace; presented UN Facts and staged a mock opening session of the UN General Assembly to the delight of the audience.

Students of Tade Schools, Apapa Lagos stage a mock opening session of the UN General Assembly as part of activities marking the 2013 UN Day.

Students of Tade Schools, Apapa Lagos stage a mock opening session of the UN General Assembly as part of activities marking the 2013 UN Day.

In his global message on the occasion, the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, noted that the United Nations Day ‘is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress.’ He drew attention to how the United Nations came together this year on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues.

Mr Ki-moon added that the Millennium Development Goals had cut poverty in half adding that the world must maintain the momentum, craft an equally inspiring post-2015 development agenda and reach an agreement on climate change.

The National Information Officer, UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun reads a speech at the 2013 UN Day event in Lagos.

The National Information Officer, UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun reads a speech at the 2013 UN Day event in Lagos.

The National Information Officer of UNIC, Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, speaking at Sunglee Formation School, Lagos, enjoined Nigerians to unite and work together in support of the various developmental works of the UN in the country as ‘Development can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.’

Speaking further on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at the occasion, Mr Soremekun reiterated that the United Nations was committed to supporting the APRM and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD. He noted that the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), an initiative to transform the African nations, had deepened a democratic political culture among African governments and had fostered more principled leadership and constructive national dialogue.