The event reflected on the long-standing relationship between the UN and Egypt, ways of reinforcing multilateralism and tackling global challenges, and highlighted the different areas of cooperation between the UN in Egypt and Egypt’s government, along with the work done by the UN system in Egypt to support the government’s efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals.
Attended by senior representatives from the Egyptian foreign ministry, the heads of the UN agencies in Egypt, and representatives of diplomatic missions and regional diplomatic corps in Egypt; the event was an opportunity to reflect on the long-standing and successful relationship between the UN and Egypt — a founding member of the international organisation — as well as ways of reinforcing multilateralism and tackling global challenges.
Addressing the ceremony, Ihab Badawy, the assistant foreign minister for multilateral and international security, said that commemorating the UN’s 76th anniversary is “an opportunity to reaffirm our belief in the importance of collective multilateral action to address issues of joint interest.”
He also highlighted the importance of adopting a comprehensive approach when dealing with the sustainable development agenda and achieving its 17 goals by 2030.
“We, as partners, must acknowledge the nexus between any economic decision and its direct social impact when formulating policies aiming to achieve the SDGs on all levels. whether bilateral or multilateral.”
For her part, UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Elena Panova said that “the bonds of cooperation between Egypt and the UN are solid. It is grounded with the values and principles of the UN Charter.”
“Our common goal to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs, leaving no one behind, remains the main driver of our cooperation.”
“We are proud of the countless stories of joint successes derived from our partnership development framework to advance Egypt’s efforts on the people, prosperity, planet, and women portfolios,” she added.
During the event, a video statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres was screened, in which he reaffirmed the need to come together to overcome the challenges that arise from the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts, hunger and poverty, the climate emergency, and advancing the SDGs.
Guterres also said that the values that have powered the UN charter for the last 76 years — peace, development, human rights, and opportunity for all — have no expiry date.
Since 1945, Egypt has been a strong partner in multilateral action.
Egypt is one of the largest contributors to peacekeeping forces and has been an elected member of the Security Council five times.
Egypt chaired multiple UN commissions, including the UN Peacekeeping Commission, and the Group of 77 at the United Nations in New York in 2018 and in Rome in 2019.
Egypt also hosts about 38 United Nations offices and can be considered one of the largest regional centres of the organisation.