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United Nations University signs a MoU with the Cameroon Government

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Cameroun, represented by the Ministry of External Relations on Thursday 12 November 2015, for Cameroon’s contribution to the UN University endowment fund for UNU-INRA.

This solemn ceremony took place at MINREX was chaired by the Minister Delegate incharge of Islamic Affairs; H.E Adoum Gargoum in the presence of Professor Jakob Rhyner; Vice Rector of the UN University, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo; Minister of Higher Education, H.E Yaouba Abdoulaye; Minister Delegate at MINEPAT and Dr. Elias T. Ayuk; Director of UNU-INRA.

Prof. Rhyner in a thank you message appreciates the constant support of the Cameroon government and emphasized the importance of this MoU to the growth and fruitful development of the UN University in Africa. Minister Gargoum sizes up the state of the relation between the Cameroon Government and UNU-INRA since the ‘protocol d’accord’ of 31 December 2002, stating that the present MoU (result of several months of concertation between experts of both parties), is aimed at giving a new boost to the existing cooperation with the UNU, especially the Institute for Natural Resources in Africa. He further states the  commitment of the Cameroon government in meeting its annual funding towards to the functioning of the Institute as contained in the MoU. The UN University is to provide technical support amongst others.

Highlights are available at:

https://youtu.be/FhR3YiZZKUA

https://youtu.be/k_C3BDNqM4s

https://youtu.be/ulyIYz-SOhQ

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COMMEMORATION OF UN@70 IN CAMEROON

The UN Country Team and the Ministry of External Relations commemorated the 70th United Nations Day in Cameroon through a week-long series of activities from 17 to 23 October 2015 on the theme: “Peace and Security for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Cameroon.

These activities were as follows:

  • Football / Basket Ball matches football and basketball matches at the Sports Complex of the Presidential Guard
  • Public Outreach: Sports walk  through major streets of Yaounde by some 475 sport lovers,
  • Press Breakfast with UN Heads of Agencies engaging the media on major UN achievements and failures for the last 70 years and the SDGs the Yaounde Hilton Hotel;a
  • an interview of the UN Resident Coordinator on “The World This Week” broadcast on Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV),
  • Television Quiz on CRTV’s “Le Défi” opposed students of Lycée General Leclerc and College Jean Tabi, to test students’ knowledge on the UN,  with more than 250 students
  • Conference Debate  on “Peace, Security and Human Rights: What challenges for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals” at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) with 478 participants
  • Official UN DAY Ceremony at the Ministry of External Relations with Government Ministers, Diplomatic Corps, other dignitaries and UN Officials in the presence of UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien; Photo Exhibition on highlights of UN-Cameroon relation; a One UN Stand on the substantive work of the UN System worldwide and in Cameroon with more than 450 visitors.

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Ban Ki-moon marks UN at 70

“The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for UN70

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the General Assembly. President of the Assembly Sam Kutesa is at right. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the General Assembly. President of the Assembly Sam Kutesa is at right. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

1 September 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution sending the draft ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ to Member States for adoption later this month, bringing the international community “to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the… dream of a world of peace and dignity for all,” according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“Today is the start of a new era. We have travelled a long way together to reach this turning point,” declared Mr. Ban, recounting the path the international community has taken over the 15 years since the adoption of the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards crafting a set of new, post-2015 sustainability goals that will aim to ensure the long-term well-being of our planet and its people.

With world leaders expected to adopt the text at a 25-27 September summit in New York, the UN chief said Agenda 2030 aims high, seeking to put people at the centre of development; foster human well-being, prosperity, peace and justice on a healthy planet and pursue respect for the human rights of all people and gender equality.

“It speaks to all people in all countries, and calls for action from everyone everywhere. It aims to inspire and create genuine partnerships among all countries and actors,” said Mr. Ban, underscoring that the Agenda prioritizes the vulnerable and marginalized, vowing to leave no one behind, marking a paradigm shift that would complete the unfinished business of the MDGs and lift the level of ambition and tackle emerging issues and challenges.

The Agenda and its adoption later this month mark the culmination of a series of watershed events in 2015, including Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa in July, and efforts to forge a new path forward on climate change the 21st meeting of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), widely referred to as COP-21 in Paris in December.

“Together, they are foundational steps to begin implementing the 2030 Agenda,” the Secretary-General explained, adding that those meetings will be followed by next year by further crucial steps, including the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May, the Habitat III, Conference in Quito in October and the special session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem.

“At this month’s Summit, we expect Heads of State and Government to not only endorse the new Agenda but to affirm their strong political commitment to its timely implementation. I am delighted that more than 150 world leaders as well as His Holiness Pope Francis will join us to start this new era for sustainable development, said the UN chief, adding: “We must all now act with utmost ambition – and mobilize maximum political will.”

In his remarks, General Assembly president Sam Kutesa said the spirit with which the outcome document was formulated and agreed by consensus is a triumph for multilateralism. “We have proven that the global community can work together to address pressing issues facing humanity, while making the necessary commitments for the benefit of all.”

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the main component of the new development framework, are comprehensive and address the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in an integrated way, he said, and while the new Goals will be universally applicable, there is also recognition of national circumstances, different levels of development and the needs of countries in special situations, particularly the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries, small Island developing States (SIDS) and Africa.

“As I have underscored before, the task ahead will be to ensure successful implementation of the new development agenda, once adopted. In this context, integrating it into our respective national development plans, mobilizing adequate financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity building and ensuring effective follow-up and review will be critical.”

The international community and citizens around the world have waited for this moment with anticipation and great expectations, continued Mr. Kutesa. By adopting the draft resolution and transmitting the outcome document to the Summit for adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, “we will have taken an important step towards putting our world on a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable path.”

“As we embark on this collective journey, we have to uphold the pledge that no one will be left behind.”