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Amb. Sahle-Work Zewde, the Director General, United Nations Office at Nairobi gives the key note presentation at the UN at 70 celebrations.

As part of its 70th Anniversary activities, the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) in partnership with the University of Nairobi (UoN) held an interactive forum.

The interactive conversation on the ‘United Nations, Seven Decades On’ was led by the Director General, UNON, Amb. Sahle-Work Zewde. In attendance was the UoN Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.

In her presentation, the Director General explored a wide range of subject matters on the UN’s work over the past seven decades. She noted that the UN has contributed significantly towards achievements in the areas of peace and security, eradication of certain deceases, transformation of former colonies into Member States of the Organization, among others. She highlighted some of the organization’s achievements as well as the challenges faced.

The Director General spoke on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), saying that it is the leading international development agenda for the next 15 years. She called on Governments to work together to implement these strategies.

Dr. Rattansi thanked the UN for choosing to have the 70th Anniversary celebrations at the University of Nairobi.

On his part, Prof. Mbithi said that the University is seeking to strengthen the existing partnerships and create new ones with the United Nations. He revealed that the University of Nairobi has had a long standing relationship with the United Nations Office in Nairobi. He noted that the University has been involved in various projects in partnership with UN agencies such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR).

During the interactive conversation, staff, students and the general public had an opportunity to question and give views on pertinent issues affecting the UN operations in Kenya.

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