Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 October 2008

United Nations family in Côte d’Ivoire celebrates 63rd anniversary of the Organisation




United Nations family in Côte d’Ivoire celebrates 63rd anniversary of the Organisation


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, October 27, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) and UN agencies celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the international organisation on Friday, 24 October 2008 at the Mission’s headquarters in Sebroko in the presence of the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Abou Moussa, and the UN Special Adviser on Sport and Development, Wilfried Lemke.


The ceremony started with the raising of the UN flag and the laying of a wreath in memory of UN staff who have lost their lives in the line of duty.


In his message read by PDSRSG Abou Moussa, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that 2008 was crucial year in the life of the Organisation. He expressed concern over the threats of the 21st Century which compromise the attainment of millennium development goals by the target date of 2015 and the possible repercussions of the world financial crisis. The Secretary-General pleaded for partnership, which he said was the way to the future, citing as an example, the global action against malaria, which has resulted in the disease, which kills one child every 30 seconds, being contained. “We need models like these to tackle other challenges”, noted Mr. Ban, before calling on partners and leaders to assume their responsibility and keep their promise.


For his part, Mr. Lemke said he was honoured to with staff of UNOCI and the Un agencies. He said that there were many links between sport and politics before adding that sport helps to develop fundamentals such as self respect, respect for others and non-violence. “Sport is a universal language that everyone can speak whatever their race, religion or sex,” said the UN Special Adviser for Sport and Development. Referring to the holding of the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010, Mr. Lemke said that the UN Secretary- General had asked him to do all he can within his power to ensure that the first World Cup to be held in Africa is a success.


The Deputy Chief of the UN Police in New York, Ann-Marie Orler who is visiting Côte d’Ivoire, also participated in the ceremony.




SOURCE : Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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