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Nigeria: UN House in Abuja reopens on UN Day

24 Oct 2019

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Participants at the official handover of the UN House in Abuja, 24 October 2019. From left to right: Mr. Kyari Bukar, former Chairman of Nigeria Economic Summit Group; Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Ms. Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk; UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon; UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock; and Mr. Isaiah Salifu Ecobank. Credit: OCHA 

Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, today represented UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the official handover of the UN House in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

On 26 August 2011, 23 people, including UN staff and Nigerian civilians, died in a suicide car bombing at the UN House in Abuja. This was the first attack against a UN facility in Nigeria. The building has since been rehabilitated by the Nigerian Government.

“Today’s reopening of the UN House in Abuja demonstrates our collective commitment to continue addressing the complex challenges facing Nigeria, west Africa, and the whole world,” said Mr. Lowcock.

During his two-day visit to Nigeria, Mr. Lowcock is also discussing the humanitarian situation in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. The UN and its humanitarian partners, in support of the Government of Nigeria, are working together to provide assistance to reach 6.2 million people in those states.

The handover of the UN House was held on the occasion of UN Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. UN Day has been celebrated on 24 October since 1948.

The Secretary-General also announced today that next year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the UN will feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.

Starting in January 2020, the UN will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations. The aim is to is reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences.