Category Archives: UN Press Club

Capacity-building workshop on media coverage of elections and the promotion of peaceful elections in Cameroon in Douala

A 3-day capacity-building workshop on media coverage of elections and the promotion of peaceful elections in Cameroon was organized in Douala from 3-5 July 2018, and brought together thirty media professionals from the Centre, South and Littoral regions.

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Kisito Ngankak, Director of the Development of Private Media and Advertising at the Ministry of Communication, described the workshop as “timely and critical”. Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Communication, he also reminded journalists not to be partisan during elections.


“You must shun corruption which sometimes push you to the fringes of impartiality and bias reporting”, cautioned Mr. Jean Njita, UNIC’s NIO, representing the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Cameroon.

Participants unanimously welcomed the training and agreed to make good use of experiences and lessons learned in order to promote peace before, during and after elections in Cameroon. In this regard, they adopted two key documents: “The Code of good conduct for journalists and media during electoral period” and “The Douala Declaration”. In these documents, they acknowledged the risks and threats to social peace that can be provoked by news articles and programs which do not obey the principles and tannates of balanced and impartial treatment of information. They therefore engaged “to promote peace journalism and to work with complete independence and responsibility, in favour of sustainable development”.

The Douala workshop came on the heels of the first, organized in Ngaoundere, with participants drawn from the East and three Northern regions of Cameroon (Adamaoua, Far North and North). similar workshop will be organized in Bafoussam journalists from the West, North West and South West Regions and Mbalmayo (26 -28 July) for facilitators and officials of community radio stations.

The workshops are jointly organized by the United Regional Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) based in Libreville (Gabon), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa (UNCDH-CA), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and the United Nations Residence Coordinator’s Office in Cameroon. Elections Cameroon (ELECAM), the National Communication Council (NCC), Ministry of External Relations, Ministry of Communication, and Ministry of  Women’s empowerment and the Family provide an important support for the success of this important capacity-building activity.

UN Press Club Rencontre on Quality Education

The United Nations System in Cameroon in partnership with the Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists of Cameroon (ABADCAM) organized a UN Press Club “rencontre” on the theme: “Libraries and access to Information for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, highlighting SDG No. 5: Quality Education, on Wednesday 24 February 2016 at the UNIC Yaounde Conference Room.

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This rencontre was chaired by Mr. Alim Garga, President of ABADCAM in the presence of Dr. Ngwang Michael (Director of National Archives) who represented the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Mathias Tientcheu (US Embassy), Mr. Uwe Jung (Goethe Institute).

UNIC’s KMA, Jean Njita opened the talks on SDG No. 4: Quality Education to contextualize the raison d’etre of the rencontre. Mr Alim Garga gave a synopsis of efforts carried out by ABADCAM to situate the role of librarians and vulgarize access to information for an informed decision-making.

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Three panelists, who are members of ABADCAM from the Central Library of the University of Yaounde I, presented on contribution of libraries and access to information for academic excellence. Their presentations comprised; an overview of libraries and their role in promoting access to information; concrete activities that could be carried out by libraries and librarians in encouraging access to information and its impact on the SDGs and some recommendations on what libraries and Information professionals should do to ascertain their involvement in promoting their work to support the implementation of Quality Education through access to information.


Panelists and participants agreed that ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all and promoting life-long learning were indispensable factors towards promoting healthy lives and the welfare of all at all ages

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.

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UN Press Club on the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice – 08 July 2015

Photo3The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde organized a UN Press Club rencontre on Wednesday 08 July 2015 at the UNIC Conference Room, to raise awareness of the theme of the Doha Congress. Members of some Youth Associations were also in attendance.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Cameroon and UNIC Director; Ms Najat Rochdi who chaired the rencontre emphasized the theme of the congress and focused on links between security, justice and the rule of law, and the attainment of a better, more equitable world. Ms Rochdi quoted UNSG Ban Ki-moon that “There is no peace without development, no development without peace, and there is no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law” and stated that criminal activities undermine state authority by fuelling corruption and damaging the legitimate economy.

Photo4The Director of the Judicial Police Commissaire Divisionnaire Dili Jacques of the Judicial Police focused on migrant trafficking, highlighting poverty, American/European myths of paradise on earth, absence of viable social reinsertion alternatives, armed conflicts in neighboring countries, and traditional beliefs (teenage marriages in some parts of Cameroon) as major causes of this phenomenon.

Photo5Ms. Tche Irene Morikang; Communications Officer at the National Anti Corruption Commission (CONAC), defined Corruption and browsed through the types and forms of of Corruption as a Crime in Cameroon, its effects on the public, before dwelling on the national and international Instruments being used to deal with Corruption. Mr Besong John of the National Agency for Information Communication and Technology (ANTIC), posits that cybercriminality in Cameroon includes scamming, phishing, web-defacement, skimming, hacking, malware, SIMBOX Fraud. ANTIC has embarked on improving institutional and legal frameworks , Sensitization and Training, Cyber security watch, Information Security Audit, Digital Certification, Regulation of Internet Resources.

Photo6At the end of the rencontre, Panelists, journalists and youths agreed that entry points for combating crimes in Cameroon is the collective responsibility of all citizens to act the way they ought to, denounce all ills committed in the quarters and report them to the Police, acts of corruption reported to CONAC, while ANTIC is there to help resolve the complex issues of cybercrimes.

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