Press conference ahead of UN Peacekeepers Day held in Accra

Accra, 26 May 2015 – A press conference, to create awareness on the celebration of United Nations Peacekeepers’ Day was held at the Accra International Conference Centre. The theme

UN RC (middle) and Hon Hanna Tetteh (Right) at the Press Briefing

UN RC (middle) and Hon Hanna Tetteh (Right) at the Press Briefing

for the celebration globally is In Ghana’s theme for the national event is “UN70, Ghana in peacekeeping, Past, Present and Future”. Present at the press briefing were the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Hanna Serwaah Tetteh (MP).

Officials at the Prisons Service exhibition stand

Officials at the Prisons Service exhibition stand

Hon. Hanna Serwaah Tetteh provided an overview of the purpose of the commemoration event to pay homage to the valiant men and women whose efforts ensure global peace and development. On behalf of the people of Ghana and the government, she expressed condolences to all bereaved families of fallen heroes and heroines. Furthermore, she said the occasion is used to acknowledge those who have been maimed and injured, some permanently.  The Minister invited the public to the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony to mark the UN Peacekeepers Day on Friday, 29 May 2015 at the forecourt of the State House.

A photo exhibition was launched. The Minister and the UN Resident Coordinator were guided through the gallery. The UN Information Centre, together with the Prisons Service, Ghana Armed Forces and the Police Service mounted some photos of peacekeeping operations around the world. Major Evelyn Asaomah who served as a parade commander during the Liberia war, in 2007 had a warm handshake with the Minister when her picture was seen among the photos that had been exhibited.