The interim United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Dr. Gabriel Rugalema on Monday 26 October, 2015 called for collective international action to overcome the numerous crises that the world faces, noting that no single country can address today’s challenges alone.
Dr. Rugalema made the remark at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Freetown while addressing members of the diplomatic community, government officials and well-wishers in a reception that marked the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.
United Nations Day marks the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. The Day is devoted to making known to people of the world the aims and achievements of the Organization.
The interim Resident Coordinator told the gathering that the 70th anniversary marks the celebration of many achievements including the fortitude and successes of the United Nations as a truly global institution; the diverse and ever expanding work of the organization; the dedicated support of member countries; the sacrifice and hard work of the organizing’s employees and their families; the gallantry of peace keepers all over the world, and the contributions of all towards the work and mandate of the United Nations.
He acknowledged that Sierra Leone is a very important member of the United Nations and noted that the country has never wavered its support and commitment to the organization for which its citizens continue to serve the organization both locally and globally in different capacities including peacekeeping.
“The strong partnership between the Government and the United Nations has been instrumental in reversing the epidemiological curve of the Ebola Virus Disease,” he said.
Dr. Rugalema admonished all to reaffirm commitment to the Charter, and work towards a better, peaceful and brighter future for all.
“We can and must endeavor to erase the state of sadness and hopelessness brought by war, hunger, malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality, poor sanitation, preventable diseases, and bad governance and replace them with hope and happiness resulting from peaceful, long, fulfilling and healthier lives.” He stated.
In her response, the Director General and Ambassador at large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Khadijatu Bassi who represented the Minister, congratulated the United Nations Country Team for commemorating the founding day of the organization She noted that Sierra Leone has a shared history of significant achievements with the United Nations for which the country remains to be grateful.
“The story of our survival as a nation that has faced formidable trials, spanning the decade long civil conflict and its peaceful resolution to the fight against the unprecedented Ebola Virus attack, and the effects of devastating floods, cannot be told without referencing the defining roles of the United Nations” she stated.
Ambassador Bassir reaffirmed Sierra Leone’s commitment in achieving the goals defined in the post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals.
The guests visited a photographic exhibition that was organized by the Resident Coordinator’s Office with support from the UN Communications Group in Sierra Leone. The exhibition is part of the UN Day celebration, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promotion. The exhibition displays 50 photographs from Sierra Leone along banners of the 17 SDGs. Both the photographs and banners feature the content of the SDGs.
During the morning, 26 October, 2015 the members of the press visited the said photographic exhibition. UN Resident Coordinator (ad interim) Dr. Gabriel Rugalema earnestly requested the media to play a leading role in popularizing the SDGs. He also called on the media to report objectively on the SDGs. “ We expect you to hold the Government, the UN, civil societies and communities to account on how the sustainable development goals are being implemented at national and local level, what results are being achieved, what lessons are worth learning, and what challenges need to be tackled.”