Cameroon celebrated the 74th edition of the United Nations Day on the theme: “Mutualization of Peace Efforts for Sustainable Development” through a series of events:
Sporting Activities (Sports for the SDGs) – Saturday 19 October 2019
– Sports-walk (Eco-jogging)
The weeklong series of activities in Cameroon kicked-off with a sports-walk. The over 1500 Participants were led by government ministers, ambassadors, UN Resident Coordinator, Heads of UN Agencies amongst other dignitaries across the streets of Yaounde; from Central Post Office through Olezoa to the military Stadium. During the exercise, plastic wastes by the road were being collected for an Eco-Friendly Cameroon. This parade was guided by the security forces and the Cameroon Red Cross.
- Football matches
Female and male football teams from MINREX and the United Nations took place at the end of the sports-walk at the Yaounde Military Stadium. The matches were contested in a spirit of fair play and for the good of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Female Match: In a hotly contested football match and after 40 minutes of play, the UN female team beat MINREX by 1 nil. Kick-off was taken by Minister Gregoire Owona of National Insurance and Vocational Training.
- Male Match: the UN male team thrashed the MINREX team by 2 goals to zero, demonstrating UN’s resolve to leave nothing behind for the SDGs in Cameroon.
Round table on the Role of Cameroon in maintaining International Peace and Security at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon – 21 October 2019
The maintenance of peace and international security. What is the role of Cameroon and the United Nations? In a debate conference, students from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) and University, faculties and Civil society were educated on the actions of the United Nations in the world as a whole, and in Cameroon to support peace-oriented operations. and security. As part of activities for celebrations marking the 74th United Nations Day in Cameroon, this panel of experts on peace and security issues encouraged particpants and the general public to work for peace, owing to the fact that “to have peace, we must seek it”, as re-echoed by Minister Jacques Roger Booh Booh; former UN Special Representative to Rwanda.
This conference brought together representative from the government, the United Nations, the civil society, the media. UNIC Yaounde provided information material (roll ups), information kits on the United Nations peace-keeping Operations, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
SDG Open Day Exhibition at the Esplanade of Yaounde City Council
The SDG open day was an opportunity for both Cameroon government and the UN System to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of donors in responding to the country’s humanitarian and development challenges, and to inform the population on results of UN’s support to Cameroon. Main objective was to create awareness on the SDGs, promote the 2030 agenda, and engage the civil society, youth and women to understand their respective roles a s frontline partners in promoting the SDGs.
An “SDG Village” was set-up with stands mounted by UNIC/RCO for UN agencies and CSOs Actors at the Yaounde City Council on 22 October 2019, to disseminate information on the SDGs, showcasing concrete actions by Agencies, partners towards achieving these goals in Cameroon. Agencies in the stands included; RCO/UNIC, UNESCO, UNV, UNFPA, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, FAO, WFP, UNWOMEN, UNHCR. The civil society was represented by Fondation Villes Propres, JADD (Jeunes en Action pour le Développement Durable), AIESEC, YAOUNDE Agfo Changing Lives, CSAYN (Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network), Youth Connekt Cameroon, YOUthKmerVolunteers4SDGs, etc.
UN Resident Coordinator; Ms Allegra Baiocchi, UNIC’s Jean Njita, JADD’s Cecile MAWE drilled students, grouped in a special tent on their role in implementing the SDGs in Cameroon.
SDG branded gadget and materials such as; #SDG, roll-ups (kakemonos), posters, brochures, mystery wheels, SDG rings, reports, newsletters, flyers, pins, mugs, t-shirts, pens, SDG cubes, etc characterised the Information content in the respective stands comprised. #Act4sdgs #UNDay2019 #teachSDGs
This Official ceremony marking the 74th edition of the UN Day in Cameroon took place on 24 October 2019 at the Ministry of External Relations, was chaired by H.E Felix Mbayu; Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth, ceremony. UN and Cameroon flags were hoisted by former UN Peacekeepers and Cameroonian Police officers
UN Resident Coordinator to Cameroon; Ms. Allegra Baiocchi saluted the recent efforts that have been put in place by the government of Cameroon in terms of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030 and most specifically, the work done so far on the next phase of the country’s development policy. Concerning peace efforts, she saluted the holding of the Major National Dialogue, release of people detained in connection with crisis, as well as militants of some political parties. Ms Baiocchi said, “Peace is constructed through development, but the development has to be sustainable and most importantly inclusive.” Re-echoing the words of the UN Secretary- General, Antonio Guterres, she advised the effective implementation of dialogue recommendations and continuing with confidence building measures. She however decried the attacks against humanitarian missions preventing assistance from reaching the needy.
Minister Mbayu in turn stated that the government of Cameroon is still ready and banking on the constructive and fruitful cooperation and collaboration from each and every one, in attaining its ideals for peace and security, by achieving its development goals, through strengthening multilateralism.” He used the occasion to succinctly present peace and security efforts in Cameroon, all intended to enable the country to attain its 2030 development agenda to eradicate poverty, ensure peace, prosperity for people and the planet. He singled out the Major National Dialogue convened by the Head of State, President Paul Biya as a glaring example to illustrate peace efforts and said recommendations adopted consensually were currently under review. Minister Mbayu expressed the gratitude of government to the UN, other international organisations, friendly countries and the civil society for supporting Cameroon’s efforts for a return to peace and normalcy and called for more synergy of action for the country to attain the “desired future” by 2030 in an atmosphere of peace and security.