My Internship Experience by Grace Folley

Ms Grace Folley

Ms Grace Folley

“At UNIC Accra, tasks came in several forms and were not routine. They included media monitoring, drafting news stories, preparing concept notes, drafting of press releases among others. All these made it interesting and challenging….Aside the prestige that came with working with the United Nations, UNIC Accra presented a platform for everyone to be creative and independent… and you were treated as a colleague and not an “apprentice.”

Forum on the State of Journalists’ Safety in Ghana to be held on November 3

Accra, Ghana, 30 October 2014 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in partnership with the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO and the UN Information Centre, Accra, is organising a forum on the topic The State of Journalists’ Safety in Ghana.

The Forum is in commemoration of the first ever United Nations International Day to End Impunity and Crimes against Journalists. A paper on the topic will be presented by the Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah and the discussions will be moderated by a Member of the National Media Commission, Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng.

Download the Media Advisory for details.

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to visit Ghana for talks on the global Ebola response

ACCRA, October 28, 2014 World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will arrive in Ghana on Thursday, October 30, 2014, for meetings with Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and other country officials. Dr. Kim will also meet with officials of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER)  to discuss the Ebola epidemic and its debilitating impact on the three most heavily affected countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone   and on the West African sub-region as a whole.

Dr. Kim will reaffirm the World Bank Group s commitment to fighting the Ebola epidemic and will share the latest news on how the World Bank Group will continue to work closely with partners to assist the affected countries.

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UN Day in Ghana Marked with a Cultural Twist

Accra, October 24, 2014 – The 69th United Nations Day has been marked in Ghana at a lively flag raising ceremony at the forecourt of the State House in Accra. This year’s global celebration was themed “Global Citizenship and Youth” and was celebrated nationally under the theme “Youth Engagement for Effective Nation-Building”. The ceremony was graced by Mr. Girmay Haile, Country Director of UNAIDS, representing the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., and Hon. Mahama Ayariga representing the Government of Ghana. In attendance were dignitaries from private and public-sector institutions, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives from the various agencies of the United Nations system in Ghana.

Students of Accra Girls High School in a cultural display

Students of Accra Girls High School in a cultural display

Unlike previous flag-raising ceremonies when speeches were delivered and the UN and Ghana flags were both hoisted amidst military display, this year’s event was spiced up with a beautiful performance by students from the Accra Girls High School.  The cultural performance by the all-girls group depicted the challenges some communities face due to poor maternal health and the declining trend of girls’ enrollment from Elementary to Senior High school. These two areas have been selected by the UN Country Team for a pilot One UN advocacy initiative to draw public attention to the lost opportunity countries face when girls drop out of school and the challenges women face due to inadequate maternal health. The performance by the students clearly demonstrated the importance the UN is giving to culture as a relevant factor in the equation of tackling and resolving development issues.

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“Use social media to make your voice heard”, UNIC Accra NIO tells students

Tema, October 20, 2014 – The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre, Accra, Ms. Cynthia Prah has urged students of Tema International School (TIS) to make efficient use of social media platforms to share ideas, debates and questions about the work of the United Nations.

Student delegates at the event

Student delegates at the event

She was speaking as a Guest of Honour at this year’s TIS Model United Nations Conference which was on the theme, “The role of the MDGs in securing a peaceful future in a global village”. She said, “In an era where challenges extend beyond borders and have global consequences, our future depends on how well we – young or old, rich or poor, male or female – work together”.

NIO presents UN Day poster to TIS

NIO presents UN Day poster to TIS

Ms. Prah also congratulated the organizers and urged them to involve at least a less-deprived school in subsequent simulations as this would enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse cultural settings. She presented the school with a banner marking the 69th UN Day celebration.

Receiving the souvenir, the acting Principal of TIS, Ms. Felicia Sackey expressed her profound gratitude to Ms. Prah and UNIC Accra for their immense contribution towards youth development in Ghana.

NIO (4th from left) in a group picture with MUN Committee Chairs

NIO (4th from left) in a group picture with MUN Committee Chairs

Model United Nations are organized across the globe as an activity to prepare future leaders and to introduce young people to pressing global issues – in peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development — as well as to inspires them to find global solutions.

UNMEER Presents Robust Plan to Aid Swift Recovery in EBOLA-Affected Countries

Accra, October 26, 2014 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, has completed his latest series of consultations with the Presidents and officials of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on the international community’s support for national efforts to tackle the Ebola crisis.

A press release issued by UNMEER stated that the talks focused on how an operational framework for international support, developed recently in Accra following a high-level meeting, could be adapted and implemented to best support ongoing national response efforts.

The framework will serve as a guide for all UN agencies, funds and programmes. It will act as the basis for the UN Ebola Crisis Manager in each country to engage with national counterparts and support the ongoing operationalization and implementation of national response plans.

Ghana Elected to the Human Rights Council

Accra, 22 October 2014 – Ghana has been elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve a two-year term (2015 – 2017) on the 15-member UN Human Rights Council. Other newly elected countries include; Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, The Congo, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Latvia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Portugal and Qatar.   They replace Austria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Peru, the Philippines, and Romania.

Ghana competed in the Africa group in which four seats were up for election. The other elected countries in the Africa group are Nigeria, The Congo, Botswana, DRC and Benin.

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Ghana’s Record on Women’s Rights to Face Scrutiny by UN Committee

Geneva, October 20, 2014 – Ghana’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Friday 24 October 2014 in Geneva. This event will be webcast live at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/

A press release issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “Among the issues likely to be discussed by the Committee and the delegation of the government of Ghana are: measures to eliminate harmful practices against women, such as widowhood rites, FGM, ritual or customary slavery, polygamy, child marriage; [and] measures to tackle violence against women believed to be witches…”

 

UNMEER to Further Consult Governments of Ebola-affected Countries on International Support

Accra, October 18, 2014 – At the end of a 4-day meeting on Ebola, participants have come out with an operational framework to ensure the United Nations adopts a unified and coordinated approach to the international support being provided to national response plans. In a press release issued by the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), “All partners at the meeting reaffirmed the principle of moving rapidly and in a coordinated and precise manner to defeat the disease.”