Commemoration of United Nations Day in Jordan

3 November 2018 - The United Nations in Jordan commemorated the 73rd United Nations Day reaffirming its commitment to the principle of “Leaving No One Behind” to realize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event which was held at the Generations for Peace, was attended by more than 250 participants, most of them youth from across the Kingdom, who joined the UN agencies operating in Jordan, to increase their knowledge and awareness about the UN and its work in development and humanitarian assistance.

Sixteen short seminars were conducted  by different UN agencies, which addressed topics and issues closely related to youth, and directly linked to the SDGs, and the UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF), which is the five-year strategic plan agreed between the Government and the UN in Jordan. The introductory  seminar, entitled: “What are the SDGs, and why should I care?” was attended by all participants, where they got to understand the 17 SDGs and their relevance to Jordan. The introductory session was followed by parallel seminars on various topics which included tobacco control, how to protect ourselves from cybercrime and drugs, combating human trafficking, women’s economic empowerment, youth empowerment, renewable energy, women in the media, human rights, refugee livelihoods, etc.

During the opening of the day, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan, Anders Pedersen, reiterated the message of the UN Secretary-General on this occasion. “We will never give up!’ Seven-three years ago, in 1945, the world witnessed the horrors of World War II: genocide, weapons of mass destruction, and human displacement of an unimaginable scale. World leaders did not give up. They rose to the challenges of their time, came together in the true spirit of multilateralism to promote peace and formed the United Nations”.

Pedersen also highlighted the importance of UN coherence in achieving the SDGs, “the UN must strive to be well-equipped to support countries… support Jordan, in the realization of the SDGs. Thus, the UN Secretary-General has embarked on a bold reform agenda which underscores the need to enhance integration, coherence, and efficiency of the UN development system.  A reform agenda that puts greater emphasis on prevention to address the root causes of instability, vulnerability, exclusion and conflict. A reform agenda that commits to implementing the New Way of Working; removing unnecessary barriers for joint work between humanitarian and development actors towards strengthened investments in sustainable development”.

Pedersen closed his address by highlighting the strong partnership between the United Nations and the Government of Jordan, “today’s commemoration of UN day is also a day of celebration of the partnerships. We thank the Government and People of Jordan for their cooperation and support to the UN. We thank the donor community, our development and humanitarian partners, for your continued trust in the United Nations.  We want you to hold us accountable for our commitments to supporting the country in realizing the SDGs and in upholding human rights”.

The commemoration also included an exhibit of all agencies in Jordan where participants were able to stop and speak to UN staff, and receive more information about the work of the specific agencies. Additionally, the youth were given the opportunity to sit down with Representatives of UN agencies in Jordan, and ask them questions.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Nora Isayan, Communication Analyst, Office of the UN Resident and umHuhhHumanitarian Coordinator – Jordan

Tel: +962 6 510 0420 Ext. 259             Mobile: +962  79 855 7128 e-mail: nora.isayan@one.un.org

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