Friday 4 December, 2020

UN Day: UN committed to helping T&T through pandemic

The United Nations in Trinidad and Tobago says it stands ready to continue to help Trinidad and Tobago to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement for the 75th anniversary of the UN, celebrated October 24, UN Resident Coordinator to Trinidad and Tobago Marina Walter said now, more than ever, members must work together to forge a strong recovery from the pandemic:

'On Saturday, October 24, member states of the United Nations (UN) commemorate the 75th anniversary of UN Day – the date in 1945 when the UN Charter came into force.'

'The Charter immortalised ideals that have stood the test of time as the blueprint for peace, prosperity and progress: the equality of nations large and small, human rights, the equality of men and women and the enduring value of cooperation between nations.'

'The last 75 years have seen remarkable changes in the progress of our planet, but the journey is not over; in fact, it just took a different turn.'

'This UN milestone comes at a time when the globe was hit by a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes. The COVID-19 pandemic has cut through our lives and our communities. It has demonstrated, more than ever, the importance of working together.'

'Trinidad and Tobago’s journey with the UN started within weeks of the country gaining independence in 1962.  Since then, the UN has been a partner in the growth and development of T&T which has become a high-income country with one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean and a distinguished member of the UN.'

'The global pandemic means now, more than ever, it is imperative we partner together to work on the underlying root causes of gender violence, to support farmers on rejuvenating agricultural production for better food security and to promote renewable energy for a more resilient and sustainable way of living.'

'As partners we stand ready to continue to support Trinidad and Tobago in these next crucial years as it responds to the pandemic, builds a strong recovery, combats increasing climate vulnerabilities and implements the Sustainable Development Goals for sustainable economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection.'

'On this landmark UN Day, we celebrate with you, T&T!'

For more information on UN Day, visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/un-day

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