Myanmar celebrated the 70th United Nations Day in the capital city of Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning with Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham addressing the ceremony. Dr Sai Mauk Kham described the country’s cooperation with the UN as the foundation for its foreign policy and stressed the country’s determination to commit itself to the realisation of prosperous and sustainable development. Speaking about UN achievements in the global peace effort the vice president cited the deployment of 16 Peace Corps over four continents.
“Myanmar has opened a new chapter in the peace process by joining the UN Peace Corps in South Sudan and Liberia,” he said.
He noted that the world body is engaged in the fight against poverty, hunger and armed conflict while playing a crucial role in empowering women and other marginalised peoples and protecting the rights of millions. He recognized the UN’s leading role in providing humanitarian assistance to the country’s disaster relief measures. Myanmar encountered a tsunami in 2004, Cyclone Nagis in 2008 and widespread flooding two months ago.
The vice president lauded the UN as a trustworthy body and a welcome addition to the country before praising UN staff for their selfless and exemplary work. He expressed thanks for the UN’s continuing support of Myanmar and for the encouragement received from the international community. Regarding the recent signing of the nationwide peace agreement between the government and the eight armed ethnic groups the vice president said it was a vital step to ending internal armed conflict. Union Foreign Affairs Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin read out a message sent by President U Thein Sein and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Renata Nicola Lok-Dessallien, the message from UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon before an awards ceremony celebrated students who have won awards in the composition competition held in honour of the 70th United Nations Day. The United Nations was founded on 24 October 1945. 51 countries became signatories to the UN Charter at that time. Myanmar became the UN’s 58th member three years later.