24 October 2018. The United Nations General Assembly has held its 73rd Flag-Raising ceremony on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 at the forecourt of the State House in Accra.
The theme for this year’s anniversary was “Making the United Nations Relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies”.
The anniversary sub-theme focused on Kofi Annan’s leadership role as Head of the UN and his contributions towards ensuring a peaceful, equitable and sustainable world particularly through his initiation of the crafting of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The guest of honour for the occasion, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchway commended the United Nation (UN) for providing the platform for reaching out to both the rich and poor and building breaches towards creating common conditions for the respect of human rights, strengthening democratic ties and the attainment of social equality, justice and better standard of living for all.
She underscored the remarkable strives the UN had made in advocating for member states to uphold the principles that guaranteed basic human rights.
In a message delivered on behalf of the United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres, the UN Resident Coordinator, Her Excellency Christine Evans-Klock noted that, the government of Ghana and the United Nations had jointly signed a five year frame work to guide the UN support for national development in achieving sustainable development. The partnership with Ghana started from 2018 and will end in 2022.
“The United Nations partnership from 2018 to 2022 sets out four strategic areas that is closely aligned to the component of the 2030 agenda; People, Prosperity, Planet Peace and Partnership” she noted.
She emphasized that the UN had set out a vision for cultural modernization, industrialize diversification and youth employment.
In attendance were the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Hon Abu Jinapor, the Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, the Military High Command, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, other Security agencies, Royals from the Ga Traditional Council, students and other identifiable groups.