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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.

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The Abuja-based body celebrated the UN’S 75th anniversar­y in Dubai.
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