A senior official of the United Nations (UN) on Friday praised Ghana’s commitment and contribution to the ideals of the UN and the promotion of social progress since it became member of the world body.
“I think they are really celebrating the UN,” Christine Evans- Klock, the UN Resident Coordinator to Ghana, told Xinhua in an interview.
“If you read the new shared growth agenda for Ghana, you will see that the values for human rights, values of inclusiveness of making sure that development benefits everyone are really important values in our vision,” she said.
Ghana joined the UN on March 8, 1957 as its 81st member.
This decision was based on the fact that the UN since its establishment had been acknowledged as the world’s most vital international institution that brings countries together to strategize and define collective responses to global challenges.
The UN Coordinator said there is a great way that Ghana has tried to influence not only in meeting the millennium development goals but setting new aspirations for development — the sustainable development goals — which is expected to be agreed on at the UN in September.
She said these will be taken on board for each country and Ghana will decide what indicators it is most important to achieve to promote development.
Evans-Klock said Ghana has achieved a lot of successes since joining the UN; successes she believes should be built on in the years ahead.
“When we have success in getting more girls into primary school that means there is a more demand for secondary education, for vocational training and for better jobs. So every success brings new challenges and new aspirations and I think that Ghana takes it very seriously,” the UN envoy reiterated.
The UN has provided and continues to lend support to Ghana in diverse fields of development through its agencies, funds and programs.
Ghana as its contribution to the UN has helped to maintain world peace through its continued active participation in the UN’s peacekeeping program since 1960.
In that year, Ghana deployed 8,800 soldiers to the former Congo Leopoldville, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, making it the first African country to participate in a UN peacekeeping mission.
Through the UN and other international organizations, Ghana has had the opportunity to play a significant role in world affairs. Enditem