The United Nations last week launched its first regional website to connect Pacific nations and be the hub of centralized information around which UN agencies work in 10 nations, including in Palau.

The website was officially launched on Oct. 15 at the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office based in Suva, Fiji.

The theme for the UN75 commemorations this year is: ‘The future we want, the UN we need.’
The website was officially launched at the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office Fiji.
The theme for the UN75 commemorations this year is: ‘The future we want, the UN we need.’
UN agencies in the Pacific are working with Fiji, FSM, RMI, , Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Nauru as well.

Through the website, the UN Pacific , wants to address key areas such as  awareness raising,  advocacy, alliance building and accountability among others.
During the launch, Communications and Advocacy Analyst of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, Sanya Ruggiero said that the stories on the website will take a storytelling approach which is envisioned “to be a home for engaging stories told through the eyes and lived experiences of our partners across Government, Civil Society, our donors, Youth, the private sector and other key development partners. “
 She added that it is all the goal of the hub to highlight most vulnerable groups in the Pacific communities, whether that’s the climate crisis; greater efforts around disability inclusion; violence against women and girls; and many more.”
To coincide with the UN75 commemoration, the United Nations, Ministry of Education, , Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs and the UN Office in Palau announced “The Future We Want” Children’s Art Contest.

“We sk the children of Palau to imagine the future they want and illustrate their vision on paper in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations,” the contest announcement said,

“What will Palau look like in the future? What will they see in Palau, 25 years from now, when they have celebrated 25 more birthdays and when the UN celebrates its centennial? We ask the children to show what their dream or the future of Palau is,” it added.

The contest is open to students enrolled in grades 4-5 and 9-10. The deadline of the submission of the work is today at noon.

Winners will be announced during the UN Day/Olechotel Belau Fair program on Friday, October 23, 2020 at the Ngermetengel Kurand in Ngeremlengui State.  (B. Carreon)

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