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UN @70 carnival reaches pinnacle in Nigeria

04 December 2015, 21:51

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.

Also read: Lagos students commemorate UN milestone

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 languages.

There were also two giant UN@70 greeting cards, a UN@70 branded T-shirt and a UN@70 tie-dye cloth. 

 

- CAJ News

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