Author Archives: Charles Nonde

About Charles Nonde

Team Assistant at UN Information Centre, Lusaka Zambia.

Dag Hammarskjöld Remembered

On 20th September 2017, over 50 youths in Lusaka joined the rest of the world in

Dag Hammarskjöld

commemorating the 56th memorial of the death of former United Nations Secretary General (UN) Dag Hammarskjöld who died in a plane crash near Ndola while on a peace mission involving the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1961.

The event which was held at the United Nations House in Lusaka attracted guests that included Swedish Ambassador to Zambia Henrik Cederine and Resident Representative of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Zambia Alexio Musindo (who represented the UN Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan).

In a speech read on her behalf by Mr. Musindo, Ms. Rogan expressed sadness at the use of youths in Zambia as perpetrators of violence.

“It is sad to note that the youth have been used as tools to injure others simply because they belong to a political party different from their own,” Ms. Rogan said. She urged the youths to refrain from violent activities and embrace peace as they are vibrant and can act as agents for change.

His Excellency the Ambassador said that the life of Hammarskjöld shows that one man can make a difference. “Dag Hammarskjöld showed as that one man can make a difference. He followed his own convictions, and he had the ability to shape events as well as tirelessly defending the ideals of the UN charter,” The Ambassador said.

Other institutions such as the Dag Hammarskjöld foundation in Sweden represented by Ms. Karin Abbor-Svennsson, the Pillars of Peace, Global Platform, Zambia Scouts Association as well as Agents of Change were present at the event.

As part of the event, dialogue was held on the role of youths in building peace. Several proposals were later made by participants on how youths can ensure that they are advocates of peace. One of the proposals made was the need for the youths to be actively involved in events that are aimed at promoting peace.

Laying of Wreaths on Cenotaph erected in honour of Mr. Hammarskjold

Laying of Wreaths on Cenotaph erected in honour of Mr. Hammarskjold

On 22nd September 2017 In Ndola, a solemn event was held at the Dag Hammarskjold crash site in honour of the work that Dag did. There were songs, poems and dance with messages of peace. in attendance was the Provincial Minister Hon. Bowman Lusambo, The Swedish Ambassador, Representative of the Dag Foundation in Sweden, the United Nations, various educational institutions and the Defense Forces. The Minister called on the nation to come together and work for peace.

Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph erected in honour of Mr. Hammarskjold and a tour of the crash site was conducted by the Site Manager Mr. Hanguwa who explained a few significant findings at the site such as how long it took the recovery team to reach the site, where Dag was found and how the site was designed in the shape of the plane based on the direction the plane was facing at the time of the crash.

Promoting Media Awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals

On 27 July 2017, UNIC Lusaka as part of the UN Communications Group and in partnership with UNESCO, held a media engagement activity to raise journalists’ awareness on the Sustainable

Journalists having a brainstorming session

Development Goals and reporting on gender, education and ending child marriages. The training ended with the creation of media network for reporting on gender, education and ending child marriages. Presenters were drawn from the UN and the Ministry of National Development Planning.

In 2018 the UNCG will sponsor media awards to recognize the best media coverage of the SDGs through the Media Institute for Southern Africa.

UNIC Lusaka Trains Librarians on SDGs Advocacy

On 18 July 2017, UNIC Lusaka conducted a one-day training on advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 100 library managers drawn from government, learning institutions and parastatal bodies across all 10 provinces of Zambia. The participants were first oriented on the 17 Goals and what role information centres have in helping attain the goals. Advocacy issues were later identified and advocacy plans drawn which each institution represented is expected to implement.  The Advocacy training was conducted in Siavonga, Southern Province on July 18, 2017 by Mark Maseko, National Information Officer and Charles Nonde, Team Assistant.

Librarians during a training on SDGs conducted by UNIC Lusaka.

Nelson Mandela School Outreach in Lusaka

UNIC Lusaka organized outreach activities to two schools involving 600 children. At Asher Jewel Academy, UNIC in partnership with the South Africa High Commission, the United Nations Communications Group and a local Non-Governmental Organisation, Youth Bridge Foundation, led children in making compost and establishing a vegetable garden to support school’s feeding programme. This empowered children with knowledge and skills to make vegetable gardens at school and homes using simple and cost effective means thereby taking action against poverty.

Children at Asher Jewel Academy in Lusaka enjoy an activity using the Nelson Mandela colouring book.

South African High Commissioner to Zambia, Ms Sikose N. Mji and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Zambia Country Representative Mr. George Okech officiated at the event where Zambian and South African companies also made in-kind donations to the school. Secondly, at Nyakezu Vision School, UNIC staff had a presentation and discussion with children on the life and virtues of Nelson Mandela and the need for justice, peace, human rights and tolerance.

 

Nelson Mandela Day at Nyakezu School