UN Day 2011 commemorated in Ghana

Accra – The United Nations in Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has commemorated the 66th anniversary of the UN with a number of activities.

Model UN GA debate

The activities included quite a number of TV discussion programs in five of the Ghanaian local languages and in English and a youth Quiz program on the country’s National Television Station, Ghana Television. The common thread which ran through all these discussion programs was the significance of mediation and UN’s mediation role in settling disputes.  Another event to mark the anniversary of the UN was a UN General Assembly Model Session by Junior High School students.  The students, selected from 29 schools in the Greater Accra and the Central Regions, discussed pertinent issues surrounding water resources and sustainable development.  This event was led by Life-Link Friendship Schools, a non-governmental organization that involves the Ghanaian child in discussions on global issues.

UN Day Parade

The climax of the UN Day celebration in Ghana was a flag-raising ceremony held in Accra.  In attendance were community leaders and heads of religious bodies, government and public sector representatives, some school children and staff of the UN system in Ghana.  The Resident Coordinator Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, and the Minister of Interior, Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, both highlighted the significance of the Day to Ghana and the relevance of the UN in today’s world.  They later hoisted the UN flag and the Ghana flag.