The 78th anniversary of the United Nations was marked with a resounding affirmation of Ghana’s dedication to the principles of multilateralism and global cooperation.
At a flag-raising ceremony at the State House on Tuesday, government officials, diplomats, UN representatives and distinguished guests gathered to reiterate their commitment to fostering a better world.
In an address, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, acknowledged the challenges countries were facing in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic difficulties spurred by the Russia-Ukraine war and various natural and man-made disasters that have disrupted communities and livelihoods.
She underscored the pivotal role of the United Nations in addressing these challenges and emphasised the importance of ensuring that even the smallest member state is equipped to tackle the challenges of our time.
She stressed the need for a reformed UN, particularly the Security Council, in accordance with the Ezulwini Consensus, an Africa-wide position on UN reform.
The Minister highlighted the necessity of resolving conflicts through diplomacy and dialogue, underpinning prosperity not just in economic terms but in overall human well-being.
She highlighted Ghana’s current role on the UN Security Council, advocacy for reforms and climate prosperity plan. The Minister urged increased cooperation to tackle pressing challenges.
UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Charles Abani, commended Ghana’s leadership and commitment to the UN’s ideals. He noted Ghana’s contributions through the Accra Initiative and the upcoming hosting of a UN peacekeeping conference.
Mr Abani outlined the focus areas of the new UN-Ghana cooperation framework, including inclusive economic transformation, equitable access to services and durable peace. He emphasised the need to leave no one behind.
The annual event highlights Ghana’s longstanding support for the United Nations and spirit of global cooperation as it marks 78 years since the UN’s establishment.
Joyce Adwoa Animia Ocran, ISD