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14th St. Jerome Translation Contest announced

Following up on the commemoration of International Translation Day, celebrated every year on 30 September, the Conference Management Service of the United Nations Office at Vienna is pleased to announce the launch of the fourteenth edition of the St. Jerome Translation Contest.

It serves to celebrate multilingualism within the United Nations and highlights the important role that translators and language professionals play in the work of the United Nations and in the world at large. Read more about the competition and eligibility requirement: https://languagecareers.un.org/dgacm/Langs.nsf/page.xsp?key=Outreach-StJerome-SJTC14 

Holocaust observed in Accra with student briefing

Accra, Ghana, 11 January 2019 – A student briefing has taken place at the Accra Academy for over 300 Senior High School students as part of the 2019 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in Accra. The event was organized by the United Nations Information Centre, Accra, with the involvement of Accra Academy, the host school, the German Embassy and the Israeli Embassy in Accra.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust remembrance activities is, “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend your Human Rights”. 

Introducing the programme, the National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms. Cynthia Prah, said UNIC Accra is keen on sensitizing the youth to eschew hatred, discrimination and prejudice in society. She said such outreach events, supported by the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme, are very significant platforms to inform,educate and engage the youth on pertinent issues affecting us.

The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Ms. Shani Cooper-Zubida, shared and emotional personal story of the Holocaust, which captivated the audience.  She traced her experience from her grandmother,who at only six years old, was a second generation of her family lineage to be directly affected by the Holocaust. Ms. Cooper-Zubuda encouraged students to treat others equally. “Never judge people by their religion, gender or race.Always look at them as equal to you”, she said. She further advised the youth to have a conversation with their grandparents to understand and appreciate the experiences of their families.

The Culture, Press and Trade Officer at the German Embassy in Accra, Ms. Gudrun Haider, mentioned that discrimination should not be justified and entreated students to continuously strive for a better world.

US based Ghanaian poet,Cynthia Amoah, who is known for empowering listeners through her poems, presented a poem dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.  She voluntarily participated in the event “to encourage the youth to use social media and their writing skills to inspire people rather than promote hate” she stated.

The Head of Accra Academy, Mr. William Garr, thanked UNIC Accra for choosing to observe Holocaust Remembrance at his school.  He appealed for educational materials to held the students gain better understanding of the Holocaust and other related events. 

The event took place in response to the need for education and awareness creation about the Holocaust among the youth. The students watched in total silence as the film titled, “the Path to Nazi Genocide” was screened.A second event involving high-level dignitaries is expected to take place later in the month.  Holocaust Remembrance falls on January 27 each year.

Applications invited for Journalism Fellowship at UN Headquarters

New York – The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists for its 2019 fellowship program. 

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, who are interested in reporting from New York during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Visit http://unjournalismfellowship.org/ for details. The deadline for application is March 1, 2019

IOM Ghana Celebrates Migration with Dignity on International Migrants Day

Accra, Ghana, 18 December 2018 – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) commemorated International Migrants Day and the 2-year anniversary of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative on Migrant Protection and Reintegration in Ghana with a football competition at the Kotobabi Wembley Sports Complex, Accra.

The safe migration football competition attracted about 1000 spectators from all the four communities as well as Government and non-government partners who have been integral in IOM’s work in Ghana.

The Chief of Mission, Sylvia Lopez-Ekra noted that the football competition is an opportunity to bring the youth together to highlight the dangers faced by irregular Ghanaian migrants during their journey. She added that “today we are taking the conversation on irregular migration out of the conference rooms and bringing it to the youth in the communities. We should not do anything for the youth without the youth. We should support them in taking ownership of the safe migration messages, make it their own and carry it forward”. Read more.

UN4U High School SDGs Awareness Campaign at St. Martin’s Senior High School – Nsawam Adoagyiri

Accra, Ghana, 4 December 2018 – UN4U is one of the major means through which the United Nations Information Centre reaches out to the public about its activities and the Sustainable Development Goals. And since the beginning of the year, it has embarked on several of such activities reaching out to the youth. The most recent was held at the St. Martin’s Senior High School at Nsawam in the Eastern Region involving the United Nations Developments Program (UNDP) and Young Visionary Leaders of Ghana, a local NGO. About 1800 students were reached.

UNIC staff with SDGs club members.

The presentations dwelt on the history of the United Nations, its agencies and their respective functions, the SDGs, with emphasis on the 5Ps (People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership) and the specific mandate and scope of work of the UNDP.

At the end of the presentations, the team led the students to establish SDGs Club in the school to support understanding of the SDGs. The new SDGs Club at St, Martin makes about five, SDGs Clubs created by high schools under the leadership of the YVLG in partnership with UNIC Accra and UNDP. The aim of the Clubs is to promote the SDGs among students in high school.

UN Communication Group takes the UN to the door steps of students in Northern Ghana

Tamale, 13 November 2018 – Over 5000 students from nine senior high schools (SHS) and three tertiary institutions in the Northern Region of Ghana have taken part in this year’s joint UN4U outreach activities organized by the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) in the country.  UN4U was held annually by the UN Information Centre (UNIC), Accra.  It has, since 2015, been adopted by the UNCG as one of its core advocacy events to reach out to the youth and share knowledge about the work of the UN, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global and national development priorities. The platform is also used to encourage the youth to explore opportunities to make meaningful impact in societies.

The first event was hosted by the Tamale Senior High School (SHS) and was held at the school’s assembly hall, which seats over 3000 students.  Here, students from the Northern School of Business, Tamale Islamic SHC, Anbariya SHS, Kalpohin SHS, Ghana SHS, Business SHS, Vitting SHS and Tamale Girls SHS were in attendance.

Representatives from UNHCR, UNDP, UNAIDS and UNIC took turns to brief the students on various aspects of their work. At the end of the programme, Muniru Ruweida of Tamale SHS told us she has now learnt that “we should not look down on or stigmatize people with HIV/AIDS.” For Alhassan Azara of Tamale Islamic SHS, who said she never knew about the UN, the programme was very useful because it was as a result of the programme that she gained an understanding of the core objectives of the UN.

Praise Nutakor of UNDP addresses students at Tamale University College of Education

At the tertiary level, students from the Tamale University College of Education (TUCE) showed great interest in the work of the UN.  The event was very interactive and engaging. The students sought clarity on a number of issues around conflict resolution, peace and security and how best to make an impact in a society where young people’s voices are inadvertently silenced by the reminder to wait till they are old.  At the end of the nearly 3-hour session with these students, 18-year old Asmaila Rahinatu, a first-year student of TUCE told the team that “today I have learnt that we can all make a change in a respectable way regardless of our age”.

The Vice Principal of the TUCE, Mr. Imoro Huhu Alhassan

The Vice Principal of the TUCE, Mr. Imoro Huhu Alhassan, expressed appreciation to the UNCG for choosing to hold the event in their school.  He appealed to the UN to organize such events in the Northern region on a regular basis.

Some of the most rewarding aspects in the work of UN colleagues is taking the UN to the door steps of the youth through outreach programmes. UN4U is one way to reach out that connects UN staff from many agencies to young people in their own schools and communities, and that enables us to learn as much from them as they learn about the UN from us.

UNIC Accra at 73rd UN Day Events in Ghana

Accra, 25 October 2018 – The United Nations Information Centre in Accra, with the support of colleagues from other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, took part in a number of activities in observance of United Nations Day in Ghana. Much of the activities were targeted at the youth.

UNHCR’s Patience Folley addressing the GIS students

The journey began with two days of briefing sessions on the role of United Nations at the Ghana International School in Accra.  These sessions were organized by the School on 11 and 12 October, ahead of their major UN and National Costume Day on 19 October.  The briefing sessions were organised to offer students the basis for celebrating an organization that seeks to maintain world peace, promote economic and social development and protect human rights.

Cynthia Prah of UNIC and Praise Nutakor of UNDP address the students at GIS

During the first two sessions, UNIC Accra explained the work of the organs of the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s presence in Ghana to some 800 elementary students. UNHCR and UNESCO also took turns to brief these students on their specific mandates.  On Day 2, UNIC Accra and UNDP took the lead to address over 500 Senior High Students.

GIS students dressed in Ghanaian costume on parade.

 

The actual event to mark UN Day at the Ghana International School took place on 19 October.  Students were dressed in various costumes representing their country of origin to demonstrate diversity. There were beautiful performances in honour of the former UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan.

Students of Morning Star School

 

The next point of call on 23 October, was Morning Star School.  Here UNIC Accra took over 400 Junior High School students through 17 SDGs. UNHCR and UNDP were also present to offer support and brief students on the importance of the works towards promoting global peace and development.  The students mounted a very information exhibition on the SDGs.

Some UN staff during the walk

A UN Day health walk was held on 20 October under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Integration. Over 1000 people including Heads of UN Agencies, members of the diplomatic corps and the media took part in the walk. The objective was to raise some level of awareness of the UN Day while keeping fit.

The UN flag and the Ghana flag hoisted

On 24 October, UNIC Accra participated in a flag-raising ceremony, the climax of national events to mark the Day. The event, which took place in Accra, was attended by members of the security services, traditional leaders, members of the diplomatic corps and students.

Both the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey addressed the gathering. Ms Evans-Klock thanked Ghana for its leadership role in the United Nations and expressed gratitude to HE President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufu-Addo “for agreeing to continue to co-Chair the Secretary-General’s Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs for another two-year term.” A position which, according to Ms Evans-Klock, helps drive Ghana’s leadership across Africa.

Hon Botchwey [m] and other officials on the exhibition grounds

Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey reaffirmed Ghana’s commitment to the ideals and principles of the United Nations.

An exhibition on the works of the United Nations as a global institution seeking peace, equity and sustainable development was mounted with the support of UNIC Accra.

Panel discusses Zero Hunger to Mark World Food Day

Accra, 25 October 2018 – The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Food Programme recently organised a panel discussion on “Our Actions are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is Possible”, the theme for this year’s World Food Day.

University of Ghana School of Performing Arts students dance performance on zero hunger and agriculture at the event.

The panel’s contributions to the discussion programme were very insightful, engaging and thought provoking.  UNIC Accra compiled some of the comments made during the session. Please refer to the link to read.

 

 

 

 

Dansoman Baptist Academy and Osu Salem SHS Students visit UNIC Accra

Accra, 28 September 2018: UNIC Accra has hosted some 62 students and 4 teachers as part of its outreach events dubbed “Meet the UN”.  The students are from the Dansoman Baptist

Students of Osu Salem SHS during the presentation

Academy and Osu Salem Senior High School. “Meet the UN” is a platform that presents the works of the United Nations to the general public.  For this set of students, the Centre, represented by the Reference Assistant, Ms. Evelyn Sarpong, placed emphasis on the history of the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as one of the key priorities of the United Nations.

Dansoman Baptist Academy students being briefed by Ms Sarpong

With excitement and curiosity, the students demonstrated apt knowledge of the UN after the presentation at which time they asked pressing questions and made some contributions.  The students expressed their gratitude to the Centre for inviting them and charged themselves to “own” components of the SDGs and become advocates of same in their daily lives.

Both schools were presented with few UN publications for use at their school libraries.

H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés Starts Work Today as President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Accra, Ghana, 18 September 2018 – H.E. Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés will be sworn in today to commence her official tasks as President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés on June 5, 2018 as President of its seventy-third session — making her the fourth woman to helm the 193-member organ in its more than seven-decades-long history.

H.E. Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés

Ms. Espinosa, a former Ecuadorian Minister for National Defence and current Minister of Foreign Affairs, received 128 votes, surpassing the required simple majority of 96. The only other candidate, Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake (Honduras), received 62 votes during the elections.

Speaking at the UN Headquarters, in New York, after her election in June, she promised to lead the Assembly in a way that strengthens multilateralism and better delivers on its commitments. On her priorities for the 73rd Session, she said “I think that we are really living in a very troubled environment, and I think it is very important that we really work towards the strengthening of the multilateral system and the revitalization of the United Nations; that we work hard to deliver better”.

She also added “to use an acronym that I have come up with, the “D.A.R.E” acronym, meaning “Delivery, Accountability, Relevance and Efficiency. “The D.A.R.E acronym is going to guide my work as President of the General Assembly during the 73rd Session. So, revitalize and boost multilateralism, revitalize the General Assembly, revitalize the UN system. I think that we all need, and we will all benefit from, a strong rules-based international system”. She added.

H.E. Ms. Espinosa has chosen the theme “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies”.

The 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly opened in New York today.