Seventy years on the United Nations remains a strong force for good

Harare, 26 October 2015 – The official celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations was  a culmination of a series of advocacy undertakings held to mark the signing of the United Nations Charter which established the United Nations on 24 October 1945. 

The celebrations, held on 23 October 2015 at the World Health Organisation’s office grounds, brought together over 300 senior representatives of Government, diplomatic corps, development partners, non-governmental organizations, traditional leaders, civil society organizations, UN agencies and the private sector.

 The Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Honourable Emerson Mnangagwa presided over the event. In his key note address, the Honourable Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa expressed gratitude to the United Nations for its strong and trusted friendship throughout the years and the contributions that the UN agencies have made towards many development programmes.

Noting the shared values, responsibilities and future hopes that the United Nations embodies, UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli said, “The timeless values of the UN Charter must remain our guide.  Our shared duty is to unite our strength to serve without leaving anybody behind… We have a life time opportunity to end poverty and overcome today’s emerging development challenges.”

The UN Resident Coordinator said, “Let’s roll up our sleeves for action.  Let’s implement the SDGs.  We have what it takes in terms of knowledge, science and technology to make it happen.”

Echoing the call by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Reza Hossaini, UNICEF representative in his vote of thanks reminded the gathering that the goodwill showcased throughout the celebration must be carried forward in collaborative efforts to ensure that not only are development goals met, but the lives of all Zimbabweans are transformed.

The celebration was captioned with all UN agencies based in Zimbabwe represented by information stands showcasing their areas of engagement in different development programmes in the country. The guest of honour Vice President Mnangagwa and participants of the UN day event visited the information stands to learn first-hand on the role of UN agencies in Zimbabwe.