Wednesday, December 1, 2010
CAMERCOUTURE SUPPORTER BENOIT ASSOU-EKOTTO APPOINTED TO THE UN MILLENIUM CAMPAIGN IN AFRICA
Advocate of the United Nations Millennium Campaign and Champion of the MDGs in Africa, a capacity in which he will seek to uphold the vision of the United Nations Charter in general and the work of the UN Millennium Campaign and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in particular.
As a UN representative, Benoit has been invited to serve as a primary catalyst in working with the Millennium Campaign to promote and encourage the execution of a holistic action plan, for the achievement and implementation of the MDGs with a focus on Universal Education, Environment Sustainability and Global Partnerships.
In partnership with the UN Millennium Campaign, as and when relevant, he will be holding discussions with key decision makers in a wide range of sectors including government, civil society, business community or the general public to raise awareness of the MDGs and forge sustainable relationships based on the shared desire to work towards the achievement of the MDGS.
He has also been invited to liaise with civil society organisations, parliamentarians, universities, research organisations and local authority associations to encourage participation in the promotion, monitoring and achievement of the MDGs.
When asked about his new appointment, Benoit replied “Firstly, this came as a surprise to me! When I was informed of the appointment, I was overwhelmed. I have always seen the United Nations as being an organisation that you see on TV with Presidents at the HQ in New York!”
He also added “As a young African, I feel intrinsically connected to the continent and I am excited by its future. I am excited by the current will and energy that exists to ensure the poorest people of the world are freed from the shackles of underdevelopment and though the task is enormous, I feel there is a call to action for our generation to ensure that the inequalities of our societies do not remain the norm.”
With a man who does not fear to speak his mind, the UN sure picked a great campaigner. Congrats mister!