UN Day 2016 Celebrated in Zambia

UNIC Lusaka worked as part of the UN Communications Group (UNCG) in organising celebrations of the 71st anniversary of the United Nations. UNIC distributed information materials that included the SDG Report to over 400 high level guests who attended a UN Day reception hosted by the UN Resident Coordinator, Janet Rogan. The reception included Cabinet Ministers and other government officials, traditional leaders, civil society and faith-based organisations, the private sector, philanthropy organizations, youth and media.

UNIC also documented the event through photos that were later shared on social media platforms. Secondly, UNIC supported a media breakfast that oriented journalists on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by branding the event and inviting media and distributing a press kit that included several publications about the UN and the SDGs. The event included spirited SDG-themed performances by a youth group that UNIC helped to orient in the lead up to the day. The group was clad in SDG attire with placards of all the 17 goals reinforcing their messages.

The events helped held raise awareness of the SDGs and resulted in positive media coverage about the goals and the new Zambia-UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (2016-2021) in support of Zambia’s sustainable development priorities.

Other activities included supporting the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDG PP) in Zambia and the showing of a video titled “Making Health Choices” to UNIC patrons in support of SDG 3.

The SDG PP is a joint initiative led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Foundation Centre and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), with funding support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation, the Ford Foundation and other partners.

The overall goal of the SDG Philanthropy Platform is to create multi-stakeholder collaboration in planning, implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. In Zambia, the SDG Philanthropy Platform will operate under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, collaborating with the Zambian government and other stakeholders. The proposed frame for the SDG PP in Zambia is leaving no one behind with emphasis on the wellbeing of children and working with disadvantaged communities, including those affected by HIV and AIDS.