New York, United States - Speaking at the New York City celebration of Africa Day, May 25, 2010 hosted by the African Union and the United Nations African Ambassadors' Spouses Group (UNAASG), in partnership with the Universal Peace Federation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that peace and sustainable development in Africa was one of the world body’s priorities, and outlined a major personal effort that will take him to the continent no less than three times in the coming month.
Earlier, messages marking the 47th Africa Day and the 50th Anniversary of independence for 17 African nations were read on behalf of the President of the UN General Assembly by H.E. Mr. Michel Tommo Monthe, Ambassador of Cameroon, Vice-President of the General Assembly and Chair of the Africa Group for the month of May (photo below).
“Africa is moving to the center stage of efforts for peace,” he said.
Next to speak was H.E. Mr. Téte António, Permanent Representative of the African Union. “As we join with the nations celebrating their 50th Anniversary of Independence,” Ambassador António said, “it is also time to strategically assess the challenges and opportunities facing our continent, especially with regard to the twin issues of peace and security.”
Mr. Taj Hamad, Secretary General of the Universal Peace Federation, spoke about the role of the family in creating a world of peace. “Some look for happiness through wealth and fame, others through fun and parties,” he said. But if we learn in our families to live our lives in service to others, we will see the face of God in each other, and live happily and peacefully.”