By Cecil Mensah
A model United Nations (UN) General Assembly to equip school children about the operations of the UN General Assembly was last Friday October 24, 2014 held in Accra to commomerate the sixty-ninth anniversary celebrations.
The model UN assembly saw school children representing the fifty two member states of the UN participated in debates partaining to the activities of the Assembly in the United States of America (USA).
Speaking at model Assembly and the flag raising ceremony, attended by the Minister for Youth and Sports Mr Mahama Ayariga and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Mr Kwesi Quartey Mr Girmay Haile represneting the UN Resident Coordinator said the United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises; poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.
According to him,millions of people continue to suffer deplorable expation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines.
He said the UN made a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future.
There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead to realizing the UN charter’s vision.
He explained that the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) have inspired the most successful anti-poverty campaign ever. UN treaties addressing inequality, torture and racism have seperated hostile forces, mediators have settled disputes and humanitarian workers have delivered life-saving aid.
He noted that UN Secretary -General highlights the challenges as well as the multiple ongoing crises being posed to people across the world.
The numerous armed conflicts, persistent poverty, climate change and public health threats such as AIDS and Ebola transcends boundaries and pose serious risk to hard won development gains and international peace he said.
According to him, many of these international crises require the engagement of the Uninted Nations as the leading organization and universal platform that brings together the global community to find lasting solutions.
Since the UN’s foundation in 1945, the organization has worked tirelessly to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations amongst nations and improve the lives of people living in poverty he added.
He commended Ghana for recognizing the importance of the youth in decision -making which translate into the national theme of the UN Day of “Youth Engagement for Effective Nation Building “which seek to leverage the emerging active grassroots participation of the youth in politics in the country.
On his part, Mr Mahama Ayariga said Ghana is taking and making efforts to make terrorism an unattractive venture and imbibe in them the value of negotiations.
He said by so doing the youth will acquire the skills of negotiations rather than enaging in acts of vandalism and holding innocent people to ransom.