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Photo Exhibition Wows Audience

  Many hearts were touched as guests walked through the beautifully displayed photo exhibition at the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) 70th anniversary on Thursday evening. The photo exhibition was
10 Dec 2016 11:00
Photo Exhibition Wows Audience
From left: UNICEF Pacific Representative, Mr Sheldon Yett and Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote during their tour around the Museum. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

 

Many hearts were touched as guests walked through the beautifully displayed photo exhibition at the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) 70th anniversary on Thursday evening.

The photo exhibition was held at the Fiji Museum in Suva.

The images displayed the work the organisation has done around the South Pacific throughout the years.

UNICEF Pacific representative Sheldon Yett, emphasised the need for the Pacific family to work together to address violence against children.

He said UNICEF was more than willing to continue its work in assisting women and children in reaching their full potential despite the increasing rate of abuse of children in the Pacific.

“It is also important to build resilience especially in issues like climate change, which is among our pressing concerns,” Mr Yett said.

“The continuing determination of the team to help every child is what made this possible.”

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said: “One of the most unifying qualities amongst humans is that we were all once children ourselves. Some of us with children or grandchildren might be more closely reminded of this fact on a daily basis.

“Most of us also share memories from our childhoods of certain milestones – receiving immunisations, our first day at school, exams, making new friends, learning new things, discovering new passions and interests that turn into careers.

“These milestones are part of what shaped us to become the adults we are today.”

As a strong supporter of violence against children, the President said the nation would not take its commitment to children lightly, but puts it as their first priority.

Despite the intense damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston, he said the country was lucky to have the support of UNICEF and its stakeholders on board to help restore what was lost.

“Whilst we were hit hard by this disaster, it did not break our spirits.  Instead, we came together: Government ministries, United Nations (UN) agencies, the private sector, churches, Non-Governmental Organisations, and communities all supporting each other to rebuild our beloved nation,” Mr Konrote said.

“Our endurance and resilience as one nation and people was tested to the fullest and UNICEF and other UN agencies are to be commended and thanked for their invaluable contributions towards the national re-building programmes.

“‘Building back better’ is an approach we can all get behind, to ensure the future safety and resilience of our communities, protecting our children against future disasters as well as positioning us as a stronger and better prepared nation.”

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

Feedback:  monica.aguilar@fijisun.com.fj

 



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