UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Richard Dictus during his speech (Photo: courtesy of Foreign Ministry)
The United Nations in Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-organiaed a ceremony on Thursday at the Diplomatic Club in Cairo under the theme ‘United for a Sustainable Future.’
According to a statement by the UN, the annual commemoration held on October 24th celebrates everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment in 1945.
This year’s celebration marks the 74th anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force and as many years of successful partnerships between the United Nations and Egypt.
The ceremony was attended by senior government officials, the diplomatic community, UN and Egypt partners from international and regional organisations, academia, civil society, media, private sector representatives, and representatives of the UN agencies, funds and programmes based in Egypt.
In his address during the ceremony, UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Richard Dictus praised Egypt for its active and leading role at the international and regional levels as “a proud contributor to the United Nations and a strong multilateral partner.”
Dictus added that the focus of the UN “must be on supporting Egypt to build on its recent successes in establishing macro-economic stability and become a global example of how sustainable development can bring a nation to unprecedented levels of prosperity and well-being for all its citizens – inclusive of the marginalised, youth, women and children.”
H.E Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Loza, Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs, stated that “Egypt has placed sustainable development at the top of the national priorities and adopted sustainable development vision 2030 that conforms with the implementation of the UN agenda 2030 as well as the African Union agenda 2063.”
The evening began with the screening of a video statement by UN Secretary General António Guterres where he announced the launch of an ambitious campaign starting January 2020 when the United Nations will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations to reach the global public, to listen to their hopes and fears, and to learn from their experiences.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry lighting up its landmark office tower in downtown Cairo on UN Day (Photo courtesy of Foreign Ministry )
Egypt is a founding member of the United Nations, one of the major troop-contributing countries to UN Peacekeeping and has been a non-permanent member of the Security Council for five times.
Egypt chaired the UN Group of 77 last year in New York and this year in Rome. Egypt is also home to some 36 United Nations offices and can be considered as one of the organization’s major regional hubs.