UAE a model in implementing ‘2030 Agenda’
DUBAI: The United Nations (UN) began this week its celebrations to mark its 75th anniversary, and chose Dubai to be the launching pad of its diamond jubilee celebrations. The celebrations also marked the 49th anniversary of the UAE joining the UN.
On these two occasions, the UN, represented by the International Association of World Peace Advocates (IAWPA), organised a celebration at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre in Garhoud, Dubai.
IAWPA is considered to be one of the most globally-recognised organisations, acting as promoters of the UN’S observance days worldwide. Accordingly, the association was granted a Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council ( ECOSOC) after a recommendation made by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs ( UNDESA).
The Headquarters of IAWPA is located in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. However, its activities in supporting the global peace, strengthening international relationships, fighting discrimination, poverty and unemployment cover the world entirely.
In his speech that he delivered at the beginning of the celebration, the Ambassador Emmanuel Nkweke, International spokesperson for IAWPA at Abuja, stated that selecting the UAE as the venue of launching the UN diamond jubilee celebration was not an arbitrary decision, but rather a thoroughly deliberate one, as the UAE offered the other world nations a model in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Nkweke said: “We are delighted and proud of our constructive co-operation with the UAE in achieving the SDGS. We wanted to celebrate our successful partnership with the UAE in this regard. Accordingly, the selection of the UAE particularly to be the location of starting the celebrations is a an appropriate decision.”
He added: “We cannot imagine a scenario in which the UN was not in existence for the last 75 years, and was unable to impact the world positively as it has done.” Nkweke declared this during the biggest live e-conversation in the UN’S history, which was launched by IAWPA on its website.
The live e-conversation comprises a web survey of almost 10,000 participants who will answer multiple questions on their opinions regarding the future of the UN during the next 25 years, and how it will be in 2045, when it will mark its centenary. Nkweke ended the celebration by declaring that IAWPA conferred the Eminent Peace Ambassador award upon one of the celebrations’ guests, Nigerian entrepreneur and businessman, Razaq Juwon Lawal, Founder of Africent Group Dwc llc, whose headquarters is located in Dubai.