In Accra, Wednesday, August 17 2016 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commemorated the organization’s 50th anniversary at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge in Accra.
The programme brought together key dignitaries from different Ministries and Departments including Ministers of State and Members of the Diplomatic Corps. In attendance was the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hon. Hanna Serwah Tetteh, Hon. Seth Terpker, Minister for Finance, Mr. Tegnegnework Gettu, Associate Administrator of UNDP based in New York, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and Mr. Dominic Sam, UNDP Country director.
Addressing the gathering, the Associate Administrator of UNDP, Mr. Tegnegnework Gettu commended Ghana for the role she played in promoting PAN Africanism within the African continent. He further mentioned that Ghana’s independence from the British in 1957 acted as a catalyst, paving the way for other sub-Saharan African countries to attain independence.
He highlighted some of Ghana’s contributions towards Regional Integration, Economic and Social transformation, Democracy, and Peace and Stability in the West African sub-region. He added that Ghana’s contribution to tackling emerging conflicts in West Africa dates back to the 1990’s and touched on Ghana’s recent contribution to the fight against the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and attributed these successes to Ghana’s respect for the rule of law.
Delivering her keynote address, Hon. Hanna Serwah Tetteh expressed her appreciation to the UNDP and the UN system for the support it has given to the Electoral Commission, the National Peace Council and other Institutions “that are equally integral in ensuring that Ghana have a Free, Fair, Transparent and Credible elections come December 7th ”. She also thanked the UN family in Ghana for always pushing and ensuring that development programmes and initiatives are implemented and seen through successfully.
The Hon. Minister further gave account of some of the benefits derived from the Ghana/UNDP partnership dwelling extensively on the Tourism sector and expressed the hope that UNDP continues to be a reliable partner in the years to come.
In her concluding remarks, she reaffirmed Ghana’s pledge to continue to support the UN system, continue to be an active member of the UN family and continue to strive for the goals that Ghana have committed itself to in the Sustainable Development Goals.