BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), October 26, 2021 / APO Group / –
The United Nations system in Nigeria reaffirmed its commitment to ensure peace and prosperity for all in Nigeria. This commitment was made by Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative and United Nations Resident Coordinator (Ad Interim) at a symposium to commemorate United Nations Day 2021 in United Nations House in Abuja on October 25, 2021.
According to him, “the values that have fueled the Charter of the United Nations over the past 76 years – peace, development, human rights and opportunities for all – have no expiration date.
Therefore, “Today, ‘We the peoples of the United Nations’ reaffirm our commitment to the fundamental principles of the Charter and to continuing our global mission for peace and prosperity for all”.
He added that “due to the pandemic, millions of Nigerians have been severely affected by the loss of lives and livelihoods, increasing the levels of poverty and suffering in this country. The UN is committed to supporting Nigerians living in poverty and rebuilding a more resilient society during the recovery from the pandemic. ”
Commemorated every October 24, this day marks the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the Charter of the United Nations came into force. The United Nations Day celebrated each year provides an opportunity to amplify the common United Nations agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter over the past 76 years.
This year’s theme: “Building resilience through the hope of recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably and meeting the needs of the planet” emphasizes the urgent need to recover from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the strategies to be put in place to ensure environmental sustainability.
Seventy-six years ago, the United Nations was created as a vehicle of hope for a world emerging from the shadow of catastrophic conflict. The United Nations had 51 members when it was established. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. Each of the 193 UN Member States is a member of the General Assembly.
For his part, the Minister of State, Head of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, represented by the Engineer Permanent Secretary Hassan Musa, indicated that the ministry would continue to work with all relevant stakeholders, including subnational and local governments, to build resilience to climate change. which will include environmental management to reduce risks and build resilience to people vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, especially in the era of COVID-19.
“It is in response that the ministry developed the post-Covid-19 (2020-2022) medium-term strategy and plan for the environment sector in May 2020, the objective of which is to strengthen institutions and national initiatives to respond effectively to future environmental challenges that may emerge after the initial environmental shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the general context of promoting sustainable socio-economic development in the country, ”he said added.
Climate change activist Ms. Adenike Oladodu and a panelist at the symposium also mentioned that “the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the Nigerian economic system is not strong enough to withstand any form of pandemic or crisis and could lead to more crisis. So we need to step up tailored solutions to see that we can withstand the test of the climate change crisis. “
Addressing further the Nigerian situation, a senior economic adviser to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Dr Amarakoon Bandara, said the UN was able to support the country although there is still much to be done regarding climate change in the country. Immediately after the crisis hit Nigeria, we partnered with young people, women and youth groups to create solutions to the pandemic by making them resilient to the changes they face. ”
The United Nations came into being on October 24, 1945. The name “United Nations” was coined by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was first used in the United Nations Declaration on January 1, 1942, during the United Nations. Second World War. .
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