Samoa’s turn to celebrate UN Day

Oct 29, 2015

The Opening Ceremony for the schools' event during the celebration of UN Day 2015. Photo credit: Ernesto Rollando.

October 24th is UN Day and the date marks the anniversary of the UN Charter coming into force in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

Seven decades have passed since the ratification of the UN Charter but the commitment of the United Nations in creating a better world has not changed. Seventy years promoting human rights, championing peace, helping people in emergencies, providing humanitarian aid, fighting poverty, feeding those that are hungry, helping children receive an education, providing access to life saving healthcare, empowering young people, taking climate action, working to prevent conflict and assisting refugees, to name a few. Seventy years of big challenges. Seventy years of remarkable achievements. 

In the last week, many UN agencies in the Pacific have been celebrating the 70th anniversary through a series of activities: a community outreach event in Fiji, a first aid demonstration in Nauru, a parade of nations in Palau and UN open days in Tonga and Vanuatu. Today is Samoa’s turn to celebrate.

For commemorating the 70th anniversary, all Apia-based UN agencies have joined efforts to organize two events, an open day with students and a roundtable with the private sector. “The aim of both events is to raise awareness on the work the UN agencies are doing at national level as well as in other Pacific Islands Countries” said Ms. Lizbeth Cullity, United Resident Coordinator for the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. 

“Even though all UN agencies recognize the importance of informing the general public, too often our work is overly complex and difficult to communicate. UN Day is the perfect opportunity to disseminate messages about who we are and what we do, to clarify the role of each agency and reach out new audiences. This year we are focusing on youth and the private sector”- she added. 

More than 80 college students have been invited to visit the UN premises in Matautu -Uta and take part in the educational activities that each one of the nine UN agencies have prepared for them. The schools invited to join the activities are: Robert Louis Stevenson College, Samoa College, Avele College, St. Josephs College, St. Mary’s College, Maluafou College, Leififi College and Church College Pesega. A small group of USP’s students has also confirmed their participation. Activities with the students take place at the UN Compound today starting from 8:30am and ending at 12noon.

Moreover, representatives of the private sector have been invited to participate to an open dialogue starting from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Since last June the UN launched a new Joint Programme on Youth Employment, dialogue will be focused on ways to build professional skills and create employment opportunities for Samoan youth. Misa Seletuta Pita, ACEO of the Division for Youth of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) will be the keynote speaker for the day. 

For Further Information

Ms. Francesca Mondello, UN Communication Specialist

Email: francesca.mondello@one.un.org - Phone: (+685) 23670

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