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UN Scribe Urges Nations To Work For Peace, Development 

By Eulalia Amabo Nchang & Sidonie Mankah Timah* — UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has urged member countries to live up to the founding ideals of the organisation and continue to work for peace, development and human rights. He made the plea in a message to mark the commemoration of the 68th UN Day observed every October 24.

The UN was founded on October 24, 1945 after the Second World War. Ban Ki Moon held that the UN Day “is a chance to recognise how much the invaluable organisation contributes to peace and common progress. It is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realise our vision for a better world.”

Maintaining that the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, have cut poverty by half, the UN Scribe said the most urgent development challenge is to make sustainability a reality. “Now we must maintain the momentum; craft an equally inspiring post-2015 development agenda and reach an agreement on climate change,” he said. He, however, acknowledged that the biggest security challenge is the fighting in Syria where millions of people are depending on the UN humanitarian personnel for life-saving assistance.

Meanwhile, in a ceremony at the Ministry of External Relations to mark the Day in Cameroon, the Resident Coordinator of UN System in the country, Najat Rochdi, said the Day gives citizens of all member States the chance to ponder and revisit the objectives as well as appreciate the endless contributions to development as a whole by the organisation. She cited round table conferences, workshops, educative talks, and seminars organised by the UN and other development partners as ways to highlight the activities of the institution.

She called on all to foster collective collaboration in ensuring security. Other key objectives of the UN as reiterated by Najat include the promotion of human rights, maintenance of international peace by developing friendly ties with member countries, promoting women empowerment and gender equality and above all, eradicating poverty. Poverty, she said, can only be eradicated through the creation of jobs and increase in salaries of employees.

The commemoration was also an occasion for Najat to express gratitude to the Cameroon government for promoting gender equality by giving 56 seats to women in parliament at the September 30 twin elections. The Minister of External Relations, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, assured the UN of government’s efforts to ensure that peace and security reign in the nation. He stressed that the MDGs can only be attained through the eradication of poverty and promoting gender equality.

The commemoration came on the heels of a number of activities organised by the UN and Cameroon’s Ministry of External Relations. These included the UN4U Event with some schools in Yaounde and sporting activities. The UN4U initiative was launched in 2008 as a way of bringing senior officials and staff of the UN in contact with students from schools and universities.
*(UB Journalism Student On Internship)

First published in The Post print edition no 01476

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