United Nations urges Nigerian government to prioritise peace, health promotion

The United Nations (UN) has called on the Nigerian government to prioritise peace and health promotion to achieve real and lasting developments across the country, stressing that addressing security challenges is key to achieving a peaceful nation

Penpushing reports that, World Health Organisation(WHO) country representative, Walter Mulombo, made the call  during a peace walk on Saturday  organised by the United Nations( UN) System in Nigeria to commemorate the United Nation’s 77th anniversary.

The country representative while speaking on behalf of the agencies, pointed out that the government in collaboration with the citizens need to see the prioritisation of healthcare as a veritable tool for fostering peace, stability, and economic development.

Penpushing further reports that, Mulombo, noted that coronavirus  has shown that if the country continues to consider health as a consumption good, it will miss the target, emphasisng that if policies on health is not well positioned, there is likely to be another coronavirus challenges

“If we don’t position health in our policies, strategies, and interventions, as a requirement for all developmental efforts, then we are likely to face the same thing we saw during the COVID-19 pandemic’, he said.

“Health is a human right and not a privilege. This is one of the things the UN is doing by carrying along that message to the highest level so that leaders – Presidents and Heads of Government can understand that health is a priority’, Mulombo added.

Penpushing also reports that, the United Nations boss said the world body  is an organisation established to put mechanisms in place for lasting peace, solidarity, and cooperation, explaining that United Nations(UN) was formed 77 years ago after the devastating World War II to promote international peace and prosperity.

“Nigeria is an active member of the UN and over the years has made significant contributions to peacekeeping operations. Nigeria has supported development initiatives for her people and has been an active partner in global multilateralism,” he said.

Penpushing reports that, he explained that there cannot be security without peace while calling on the present administration to tackle the insecurity challenges in the country, stressing need to remember that everybody should be committed to peace.

“We need to remember that we are all committed to peace, we are all committed to silencing that weapon and we are all committed to giving equal opportunity to every citizen in the entire world,” he said.

Penpushing reports that the High Commissioner of Canada, James Christoff, in his remarks said the walk is an opportunity to unite with colleagues across the international community and the UN community, in solidarity to promote peace, adding that the United Nations(UN) Day creates an opportunity to show the importance of cooperation in making the world a better place.

The United Nations(UN)  General Secretary Antonio Guterres  in his speech to mark the day stated that the world body is the product of hope, stressing that  now, more than ever, there is a need to bring to life the values and principles of the United Nations(UN) Charter in every corner of the world.

‘Especially by giving peace a chance and ending conflicts that jeopardise 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 kickstarting the renewable energy revolution”, he said

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) Day is observed on 24 October every year to commemorate its official creation in 1945, while the 2022 domesticated theme: “The UN and Nigeria: Partnership for Peace, Prosperity and Sustainable Development”

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