Sunday, 22 September 2019

World Peace Day: C'riverian bags United Nation's 'Ambassador of Peace'

Mr. Agbor Ojong capped UN Ambassador for Peace

Ukorebi Esien | 22 September 2019 

21st September is globally recognized and celebrated as the International day for Peace as instituted by the United Nation's General Assembly in 1981, the day was designated as a period of non-violence and cease-fire, and to also commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

In the same vein, to mark the 2019 edition of International Day for Peace, United Nation's Positive Livelihood Award Centre, UN-POLAC, a Foundation established in 2001 as an International Autonomous Institution with the UN and UNESCO, following the General Assembly Resolution, declaring 2001-2010 as a decade of peace and nonviolence, on Saturday, 21st September, 2019 capped Cross River born Ojong Agbor  'Peace Ambassador'. 

His Excellency Agbor was awarded according to the chatter of the foundation, for upholding unrivaled ethical standard for peace and nation building and for displaying unequalled humility, simplicity, integrity and deep loyalty to human causes.

Amb. Ojong Agbor and wife 

The colourful event which took place in Calabar, Cross River capital city attracted the state governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade who was represented by the SSG Tina Agbor, Speaker of the Assembly, Eteng Jones Williams, Heads of Security Agencies, traditional rulers in the state and other stakeholders.

The UN POLAC Peace Programme since the 2001 to 2010 international decade of peace and non violence declaration by the United Nations has been in the forefront of identifying and acknowledging outstanding persons whose services or activities have helped in extending the frontiers of global peace, sustainable development and shared prosperity. 

While addressing the audience, the keynote speaker Prof Ani Nkang who is the Vice Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University Akpabuyo argued that there's a link between climate change and national security. According to him, "if we deplete our forest what we find is competition for scarce resources, herdsmen crisis, you have to fund researches to identify trees that can stand the test of time, not just plant trees, there's need for more awareness because a lot of people don't know what we are saying". 

POLAC which is an acronym for Positive Livelihood Award Centre was formed in Nigeria in 2001. It gives out ambassador for peace award to deserving persons who have encouraged international peace, integration, social harmony, cross cultural understanding, sustainable development and shared prosperity, despite religion, race, creed, status, ethnicity, affiliation, colour or cultural/language disparity.

Congratulations Your Excellency Ojong Agbor.