Bonds of cooperation between Egypt, UN are solid: Elena Panova

Nehal Samir
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Elena Panova, the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt, has said that the bonds of cooperation between Egypt and the UN are solid and grounded with the values and principles of the UN Charter.

“Our common goal to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs, leaving no one behind remains the main driver of our cooperation,” she added.

“We are proud of the countless stories of joint successes derived from our Partnership Development Framework to advance Egypt’s efforts on the People, Prosperity, Planet and Women portfolios,” she continued.

Panova’s remarks came during a ceremony to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the United Nations at the Tahrir Palace in Cairo.

Attended by senior representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the heads of the UN agencies in Egypt and representatives of diplomatic missions and regional diplomatic corps in Egypt, the event was an opportunity to reflect on the long-standing and successful relationship between the UN and Egypt, the founding member of the international organization as well as ways of reinforcing multilateralism and tackle global challenges. 

The celebration was also an opportunity to highlight the different areas of cooperation and partnership between the UN in Egypt and the Government of Egypt, and the work done by the UN system in Egypt to support the government’s efforts in order accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and making sure that no one is left behind.

During the event, Ihab Badawy, Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral and International Security, said that commemorating the 76th anniversary of the UN is “an opportunity to reaffirm our belief in the importance of collective, multilateral action to address issues of joint interest.”

He also highlighted the importance of adopting a comprehensive approach when dealing with the sustainable development agenda and achieving its 17 goals by 2030. “We, as partners, must acknowledge the nexus between any economic decision and its direct social impact when formulating policies aiming at achieving SDGs on all levels whether bilateral or multilateral,” he noted.

A video statement by UN Secretary General António Guterres was screened during the event, in which he reaffirmed the need to come together to overcome challenges, from COVID-19, conflicts, and hunger to poverty, the climate emergency and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Guterres also said that the values that have powered the UN Charter for the last 76 years — peace, development, human rights, and opportunity for all — have no expiry date.

Since 1945, Egypt has been a strong partner in multilateral action. Egypt is one of the largest contributors of peacekeeping forces and has been an elected member of the Security Council five times. Egypt chaired multiple UN commissions including the UN Peacekeeping Commission, chaired the Group of 77 at the United Nations in New York in 2018, and in Rome in 2019. Egypt also hosts about 38 United Nations offices and can be considered one of the largest regional centers of the United Nations.

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