Accra – A flag-raising ceremony has been held in Accra to mark the 67th United Nations Day.
The event, which usually took place outdoor, had to be moved to the Banquet Hall of the State House due to an unusual October rains in the early hours of the day. Despite the rains, a huge number of people from all walks of life including Heads of United Nations agencies in Ghana, the diplomatic community, students, members of the security agencies and representatives of Civil Society Organisations and religious bodies attended the colourful and patriotic ceremony of parade by the Ghana Armed Forces and hoisting of the Ghana and UN flags by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Alhaji Mohammad Mumuni and the UN Resident Coordinator Ruby Sandhu-Rojon respectively.
The local theme for the celebration is “Sustaining Good Governance, Peace and Stability for National Development”. The theme was chosen by a 16-member Ad-hoc Planning Committee convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to place emphasis on the increasing need for good governance and peace for effective development. This comes ahead of preparation towards Ghana’s presidential and parliamentary elections this December.
Both the Foreign Minister of Ghana and the UN Resident Coordinator inspected a parade of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Sandhu-Rojon shared with delegates the UN Secretary-General’s message, highlighting the progress that has been achieved globally in areas of development, democratization, and economic growth. Ms. Rojon commended the continuous efforts of Ghanaians to sustain peace. The Foreign Minister, Hon Mumuni also shared glowing tribute to all Ghanaians for their relentless efforts to maintain peace and promote development in Ghana and outside the country.
Earlier, a model United Nations General Assembly session was held at the Accra International Conference Centre. It was organized by Life Link for Junior High Schools. Ms Sandhu-Rojon and Hon. Mumuni took turns to address the session. Ms. Sandhu-Rojon challenged the students to take interest in issues of global and national significance so that they will be able to influence decisions affecting their future. For his part, Hon Mumuni said it is gratifying to see students of their age taking interest in the process of deliberations on world issues such as sustainable development because he is confident that “Out of [them] we can have several Kofi Annan”.