The United Nations in Pakistan organized an event to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations. All staff members, member states, diplomatic community and government counterparts were invited to partake in the festivities.
On the occasion, Mr. Neil Buhne, the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan said: “Pakistan has a wealth of diversity among its people; Scientists, activists, Nobel Prize winners, hard working men and women respected throughout the world who remit funds, a military that has contributed to the top leadership to UN peacekeeping, dedicated and skilled federal and provincial civil servants many of whom could work anywhere – and do with the UN. It is fitting then, that the theme for this year’s UN Day is “Potential in Diversity”.”
Mr. Neil Buhne further highlighted that: “The UN by its work in Pakistan is privileged to partner with the government of this country to build strength from this diversity to overcome the shared challenges. Some of this work includes: dramatically reducing Polio in partnership; extensive work on nutrition; helping hundreds of thousands of people dislocated to return to FATA and helping them rebuild their lives; helping Pakistan host refugees and migrants; supporting women to enjoy equal rights; supporting Pakistani producers to meet international standards and export more; and doing all this in the frame of the Sustainable Development Goals – including equality, the environment and sustained peace and justice ”
This event also commemorated the service of those staff members who have served with the United Nations for more than twenty-five years and their commitment to service was recognized and awarded. Staff members also renewed their Oath of Office as part of the programme.
Mr. Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary Economic Affairs Division, expressed that: “Our partnership with the UN is important to help us advance Pakistan’s development objectives and priorities. The Government, and the UN, and people of Pakistan will continue to work together to further prosperity, peace and improve the lives of future generations.”