A flag-raising ceremony was held in Accra on Saturday, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN).
As part of the occasion, the flag of Ghana and the UN were hoisted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hanna Tetteh, and the UN Resident Co-ordinator, Christine Evans-Klock, respectively.
The event was attended by government officials, personnel of the security agencies, members of the diplomatic corps, traditional leaders, and staff of the UN agencies in Ghana, among others.
The UN was established on October 24, 1948 after the two world wars which claimed millions of lives. The General Assembly of the UN has, therefore, set aside every October 24, to celebrate and reflect on activities of the organisation.
Ms Evans-Klock commended Ghana for its commitment and contribution to the activities of the UN over the years, and added that the role the country played in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly ebola disease in the sub-region was remarkable.
“The UN is grateful to Ghana for providing a safe ground for humanitarian support during the Ebola outbreak,” she said, and further commended the country’s performance in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially, being the first country in the Sub-Saharan Africa to reduce extreme poverty by half.
The UN resident co-ordinator said Ghana had made significant progress in areas such as reducing the HIV prevalence rate, increasing access to basic education, and reducing hunger.
“The lessons learnt will be important as Ghana commits itself to the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 agreed at the UN in September,” she said and added that the UN would continue to assist Ghana to achieve the target of the agenda.
Ms. Tetteh, on her part, commended the effort of the UN towards creating a common condition for the respect of human rights, social justice, and better standards of living across the globe.
She stressed the need for countries to assist the UN, adding that, “the world will be a better place for all, if we assist the UN to succeed”.
Since 1960, she said Ghana had contributed about 300,000 soldiers in over 60 UN peacekeeping missions and expressed the government’s commitment to continue to support the programmes and activities of the union.
As Ghana developed its 40-year development goals, she said the goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Agenda of the UN would be incorporated so that the country would meet the targets by the year 2030.
By Yaw Kyei