Abuja - The activities marking the 70th
anniversary of the United Nations (UN) have reached a climax in Nigeria.
Recently, delivering the anniversary lecture titled,
‘Nigeria, Africa and the United Nations: 70 years of collaboration’, former
Minister of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, called for the
reform and expansion of the UN Security Council.
This, he said, would give greater participation and voice to
Africa in the UN organ that has primary responsibility for the maintenance of
international peace and security.
Gambari, who is also a former UN Under-Secretary General,
added that the UN was “far too important” to be left to government alone.
“The opportunities for and contributions of parliamentary
associations, NGOs and other Civil Society Group to peace-making and peace
building must be considerably enhanced in the next decades of the United
Nations existence,” he said.
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In her speech, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs,
Khadijah Bukar Abba Ibrahim, pledged the commitment of the Federal Government
to the success of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the
country while thanking the UN for its developmental and humanitarian support to
the government and people of Nigeria.
Other speakers at the event which was held at the Rotunda
Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abuja, included Godwin Agama,
Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Paul Arkwright, British
High Commissioner and representative of President of the UN Security Council,
as well as Torben Gettermann, Ambassador Royal Danish Embassy and
representative of President of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim opened the UN@70 Exhibitions featuring
the activities of the UN system in Nigeria and also UNIC Lagos-initiated
Africa’s longest photo collage measuring 160 feet.
It comprises of over 3 200 images including photographs of
the UN activities (1945 – 2015) and the national flags of UN member states.
On display by UNIC Lagos were the translated copies of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and Pidgin English
There were also two giant UN@70 greeting cards, a UN@70
branded T-shirt and a UN@70 tie-dye cloth.
- CAJ News