UN @ 77: Rwanda Reaffirms Commitment to Global Peace, Development

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Rwanda has reaffirmed its readiness to collaborate with various United Nations agencies to ensure the development of its people as well as peace and progress globally.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta said this during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Rwanda in the United Nations under the theme “Partnering for a better, shared future for all”. On the same day, the world marks 77 years since the UN came into force after the ratification of the UN charter.

Biruta said, “We hereby reaffirm Rwanda’s active role in addressing common challenges including gender equality, refugees’ rights protection, climate change, and more. Despite the difficult circumstances, we have learned from the past and chosen to focus on the future and the good we can accomplish by cooperating actively as members of the international community.

“While the long-planned Genocide against the Tutsi unfolded as the international community passively watched, the country will continue to work together with the UN to restore the historical truths.”

UN Rwanda Resident Coordinator, Maxwell Gomera, said that while the UN failed Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it holds the national transformation and resilience of survivors in high regard.

“Your country offers an example of how countries can act in a coordinated and collective fashion, with a greater sense of urgency towards achieving our global goals.”

The celebration was attended by different government officials, representatives of UN agencies in Rwanda, the diplomatic corps, and the private sector.

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