In his quest to reaffirm the commitment of the United Nations to serve “we the peoples” and build strong partnership for the observance of the 70th anniversary of the UN in Nigeria, the Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Ronald Kayanja, has taken the message of the UN70 and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda to UN Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and media partners in Lagos.
“The UN 70th anniversary”, Kayanja noted during his meetings with partners, “is not the celebration of the UN as an organisation alone, but the celebration of all the peoples of the world.”
Referring to the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s message for UN70, the Director said, “The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.
Kayanja, who in the last two weeks has led the UNIC Lagos team to one-on-one partnership meetings with Seven UN Agencies, eight NGOs, three media organisations and three educational institutions, spoke about the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) this year and highlighted the strategic importance of the post-2015 sustainable development initiative.
He called on partners to join hands with the Centre in its efforts to effectively disseminate life-saving and development-oriented information to the Nigerian populace.