Welcoming remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator, Nileema Noble on UN Day celebrations and Launch of the Booklet "Samoa and United Nations: 50 years of partnership"

Oct 24, 2012

Reverend Susuga Kasiano, Chairperson of the Samoa National Council of Churches;
Council of Deputies
Excellency, the Hon Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele
Hon Speaker of the House
Members of Parliament
Hon Ministers and Associate Ministers
Excellencies and members of the diplomatic corps
Ladies and Gentlemen


I would like to welcome you all to celebrate with us today - the United Nations Day and the launch of the “Samoa and the United Nations: 50 years of Partnership” by the Hon PM of Samoa.

Thank you Prime Minister, for honouring us today with your presence.

Prime Minister, allow me to commend you on your new hairstyle, which I understand has gone viral and is indeed garnering Talas over 70,000 and increasing, for an excellent cause –“Cancer”. Your leadership on yet another issue sets a fine example for us all.

The event today is also special as it marks the establishment of the first UN office in the independent state of Samoa, 50 years ago.

 On this day, I would like to recognize and thank our UN colleagues including our former coworkers, who are here with us today, for their outstanding commitment and dedication to fulfilling the ideals of the UN in countries that we serve - Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.

On this auspicious occasion I would like to read out the special message from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

And I quote:

“We are living through a period of profound turmoil, transition and transformation. Insecurity, inequality and intolerance are spreading. Global and national institutions are being put to the test. With so much at stake, the United Nations must keep pace across the spectrum of its activities — peace, development, human rights, the rule of law, the empowerment of the world's women and youth.

There has been important progress on many fronts. Extreme poverty has been cut in half since the year 2000. Democratic transitions are under way in many countries. There are encouraging signs of economic growth across the developing world.

Now is the time to raise our collective ambitions. With the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, we must intensify our efforts to reach all of these lifesaving targets. We must prepare a bold and practical post-2015 development agenda. And we must continue to combat intolerance, save people caught in conflicts and establish lasting peace.

The United Nations is not just a meeting place for diplomats. The United Nations is a peacekeeper disarming fighters, a health worker distributing medicine, a relief team aiding refugees, a human rights expert helping deliver justice.
In carrying out this global mission we rely on countless friends and supporters. Non-governmental organizations, scientists, scholars, philanthropists, religious leaders, business executives and concerned citizens are critical to our success. No single leader, country or institution can do everything. But each of us, in our own way, can do something.

On this UN Day, let us reaffirm our individual commitment and our collective resolve to live up to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and build a better world for all.

Ban Ki-moon

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