Yemen celebrates UN Day [Archives:2004/784/Local News]

October 25 2004

Under the auspices of Prime Minister Abdul-Qadir Bajammal, the UN Resident Coordinator's Office organized on Sunday October 24th a reception ceremony at the Police Officers Club, in Sana'a.
It was attended by a group of government officials, politicians, and heads of diplomatic missions to Yemen as well as a number of press operators, intellectuals, and community leaders.
In her speech on the occasion, Mrs. Flavia Pansieri, Resident Coordinator of the UN, welcomed all attendees especially Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ahmed Mohammed Sufan as well as ministers, vice-ministers and members of Parliament and Shura Council.
She highlighted the contributions of the UN to Yemen's development process including health, education, democratic governance, humanitarian, media, and poverty reduction.
Yet she said that “efforts will be needed to see continued progress being made in the areas of primary education and child mortality, as well as increased openness for participation in the country's political and development process, true freedom of opinion and of the press and fair access for all to services.”
This year's UN Day has come on October 24 marking the 59th anniversary of establishing the UN. Yemen, along with other countries, takes part in this festival to stress their commitment to their pledges at the Millennium Summit, and their belief in the principles of human rights and dignity.