The United Nations (UN) System in The Gambia in partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia will join the rest of the world to commemorate UN Day on Monday, 24th October 2016, a press release from the UN System in The Gambia announced.
According to the release, the Day serves as a global advocacy event, offering a unique opportunity for the international community to reflect on and take stock of the work of the organisation. It is also an occasion for the global community to renew commitments and redouble its efforts for humanity under Agenda 2030 to meet both the current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work; namely; Peace and Security, Development, and Human Rights.
‘‘Engaging Youth in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Promotion and Implementation’’ is the chosen national theme for this year`s UN Day, which marks the 71st birthday of the organisation. The theme, the release added aims to raise awareness on the SDGs and their importance to the attainment of national development targets.
“Activities to mark the Day will include a highlight event as well as an exhibition of publications by the various UN agencies. The event is hosted by St. Peter’s Senior Secondary School in Lamin, Kombo North District, West Coast Region. The school drama group and choir will entertain the gathering and the UN resident coordinator will read the UN Secretary General’s statement followed by a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Government,” the release stated.
“The Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources will launch the first SDG Club in schools. The Executive Director of the National Youth Council will do a presentation on Youth in SDG Promotion and Implementation.”
The climax of the programme, the release stated, will be the launching of the first ever SDG clubs in schools and the awarding of prizes and certificates to winners of the UN Day Essay Competition. The competition is jointly organised by the UN and The Gambia Association of Teachers of English (GATE) for students in the four educational levels (lower basic, upper basic, senior secondary schools and tertiary institutions), the release ends.