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Commission for UNESCO showcases activities

By Liapeng Raliengoane

MASERU – Following the postponement of the United Nations (UN) Day (24 October) celebration, the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) took advantage of this day and showcased its activities at its premises yesterday.

While addressing the youth gathered at the event, the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO Acting Secretary General ‘Mabafokeng Seala said the Commission found it worthy to publicize its activities so that they are known by the public.

“UNESCO is unique from other UN agencies because it has the National Commission. This commission works with different government ministries and non-governmental organizations that share the same sentiments,” Seala highlighted.

She also touched base on the UN Day message for 2022 which stresses the importance of peace and hope, saying UNESCO strives and advocates for peace through different programmes.

Seala said UNESCO strives to efficiently and effectively enable Lesotho to achieve the goals of UNESCO in its five fields of competencies which are: culture, education, communication & Information, natural Sciences, and social & human Sciences.

She made note of the education sector of UNESCO that focuses on programmes that include sector-wide policy formulation, planning and management, literacy and lifelong learning, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), education for Peace, human rights and global partnership, all these from early Childhood care education to higher education.

Moreover, while introducing GEM Institute as one of the partners of the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO, GEM Institute Projects Coordinator  ‘Matauli Mokete indicated that Gem Institute implements Commission for UNESCO’s projects.

Mokete made known that there is an opportunity desk for the youth called UNESCO Youth Desk and urged the youth to frequently check the desk for available opportunities.

In the meantime, the 2022 UN Day message from the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres states: “As we mark UN Day, let us renew our hope and conviction in what humanity can achieve when we work as one, in global solidarity.

The United Nations is the product of hope. The hope and resolve following the Second World War to move beyond global conflict to global cooperation. Today, our organization is being tested like never before. But the United Nations was made for moments like this.

Now, more than ever, we need to bring to life the values and principles of the UN Charter in every corner of the world. By giving peace a chance and ending conflicts that jeopardize lives, futures and global progress. By working to end extreme poverty, reduce inequalities, and rescue the Sustainable Development Goals. By safeguarding our planet, including by breaking our addiction to fossil fuels and kick starting the renewable energy revolution. And by finally balancing the scales of opportunity and freedom for women and girls and ensuring human rights for all.”

United Nations Day, commemorated on 24 October, marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

UN Day, celebrated every year, offers the opportunity to amplify its common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the UN Charter that have guided it for the past 77 years.