The United Nations Botswana and the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation Commemorate UN Day

Oct 24, 2017

On the 24th October 2017, the United Nations Botswana together with the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, held a breakfast meeting to commemorate the United Nations Day. The theme for the breakfast meeting was: Shared Goals, Shared Effort and Shared Destiny Towards Achieving Sustainable Development.

The Resident Coordinator Ms Jacinta Barrins thanked the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation for their continuous support. She highlighted several key actions that Botswana has taken to implement the SDGs.  Ms Barrins stated “the UN day is about the UN staff reaffirming their commitment to the values of the UN and an opportunity for member states to reflect on their membership and re affirm their commitment.” The RC thanked Botswana and other Member States for their support to the UN. She concluded by reading the United Nations, Secretary – General, Antonio Guterres’ UN Day message addressed to people around the world.

Honorable Eric M. Molale, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration and Acting Minster of International Affairs and Cooperation gave the key note address. Given the theme was about SDG, the Honorable Minister Honorable Slumber Tsogwane, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development shared his experience in leading the Botswana delegation to the High Level Political Forum New York in July 2017, where Botswana shared what it has been doing to implement SDGs, especially in poverty reduction.
 
The breakfast also included a panel discussion with representatives from Debswana, the Youth Alliance for Leadership Development in Africa and the Honorable Thato Tshweneyagae, Ghanzi District Council who shared their experiences in implementing the SDGs in Botswana. They also were part of the Botswana delegation to the High Level Political Forum in New York.

During the breakfast the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation launched their Botswana Database on International Agreements. The database is accessible to the public and showcases the treaties, conventions, protocols and other bilateral agreements that Botswana has signed to. It can be accessed at www.agreements.gov.bw

UN Day celebrations concluded with a public event in the Main Mall that allowed Batswana to visit various UN and Government of Botswana stalls to find out more about the collaboration between UN and the government.