The Ghana United Nations Students and Youth Association (GUNSA) has reiterated the need for students and the youth to resort to dialogue and peaceful means in resolving grievances.
The National President of the Association, Mr. Kwashie Klu-Duvor who made the call in Accra on Wednesday however made no reference to the recent happenings at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) earlier this week but added that “violence and destruction “have never guaranteed peace and development.
He was addressing a Flag-Raising Ceremony in Accra to mark 73rd United Nations Day.
The commemoration was on the theme “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies” and highlights the collective resolve of the people of the world to make it a better place.
Mr. Klu-Duvor lamented the slow and uneven pace towards the attainment of the ambitious Global Agenda 2030 and challenged African governments to scale up efforts and commitments.
“We at GUNSA are also prepared to take giants strides in holding our share of the responsibility by raising young leaders with global thinking. We seek to do this through capacity building and sensitization programmes as we work hard towards building a new GUNSA that inculcates in the youth the ideals of the UN”, he added.
The United Nations Resident Co-ordinator, Christine Evans-Klock who read a statement by the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, re-affirmed the commitment of the world body towards the fight against extreme poverty, climate change, human rights abuses and conflicts.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey paid tribute to the United Nations for making the world better than it was prior to 1945 and paid tributes to current and former Secretaries-General for working to enhance the impact and significance of the United Nations.
The flags of Ghana and the United Nations were jointly hoisted by Madam Evans-Klock and the Minister to mark the day.
Ghana became a member of the United Nations on March 8, 1957, two days after attaining independence.