Statements And Speeches

Keynote Speech of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, delivered by Ambassador Ehab Fawzy, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral and Secur

Keynote Speech of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, delivered by Ambassador Ehab Fawzy, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Multilateral and Secur

Wednesday 24 October 2018
2:00 PM

Ambassador Richard Dictus, UN Resident Coordinator,

 

Excellencies members of the diplomatic corps

 

Distinguished representatives of relevant Ministries and UN partners,

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

It gives me great pleasure to join this commemoration of the founding of the United Nations. This day symbolizes our collective conscious, as human beings, to work together in a spirit of a partnership amongst equals to maintain international peace and security, thrive for prosperity, and preserve human dignity.

 

As a founding member of the United Nations, Egypt takes pride in being amongst the first signatories of the United Nations Charter. Since then, the UN represented a credible companion in  our journey towards independence, our struggle to liberate the Arab occupied territories and our aspiration for a world free from want and fear.

 

Our commitment to working with and through the United Nations was most recently underscored by President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi in his address at the opening of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly. President Al-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s solid conviction that the complex challenges facing our world today requires a multilateral and integrated response that only the United Nations can offer.   We continue to believe, however, that the United Nations requires our collective wisdom and commitment to ensure it remains credible and relevant in our joint efforts to meet the myriad challenges facing our world.  It is in this context that Egypt welcomed and supported the recently introduced reform agenda of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. We stand ready to contribute to its ongoing evaluation in order to ensure that the reforms are truly transformative.

 

 We take pride in our contribution to flagship United Nations activities aimed at the maintenance of international peace and security, namely peacekeeping operations. Egypt contributed more than 30,000 uniformed personnel in 38 peacekeeping missions over more than five decades, and currently ranks the 7th largest contributors of police and military personnel in UN peacekeeping missions. Egypt also played a key role in advancing the cause for building and sustaining peace as a prerequisite to finding lasting solutions to conflicts. As we prepare to take up our role as Chair of the African Union, we are determined to take the strategic partnership with the United Nations in peace and security and post-conflict reconstruction and development to a new level.  Moreover and as part of our continuing effort to combat and eradicate the threat of terrorism and radicalism, Egypt worked through United Nations mechanisms to advance an international framework to counter terrorist ideologies

 

We take pride of these achievements, particularly those made possible during our recent concurrent membership in the Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council.

 

             Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

 Today is of a particular significance as we reap together fruits of our partnership with the United Nations in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Egypt was among the leading countries to embrace the 2030 Agenda. Our commitment is reflected in our deep understanding of the intertwined nature of sustainable development. It is also embodied in the framework of our national sustainable development strategy “Egypt Vision 2030”; a national framework that guides and sets policies and programs in order to achieve the SDGs as well as other national objectives.

 

 

 

Egypt highly values the existing cooperation with the United Nations in creating an enabling global environment for sustainable development and exchanging best practices with other member states. We have witnessed the significance of this cooperation first hand through our current chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China. We also appreciate the efforts of the UN country team in Egypt and all the relevant agencies in supporting our development efforts. In this vein, Egypt proudly volunteered to present its voluntary national review report at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development twice in three years, to take stock of the progress it has made in implementing the SDGs and its national strategy, and to outline existing challenges.

 

As we move forward in our efforts to achieve sustainable development at the national level, and also at the regional and global levels, we continue to forge better ways of strengthening partnerships, share our experiences and learn from others, driven by solidarity, and recognizing the singular importance of the global partnership for sustainable development, of national ownership, and ensuring that no one is left behind.

 

 Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

I wish to conclude my statement with a quote from the late Secretary General Kofi Anan:

 

 

 

I quote “More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that is why we have the United Nations”. End of quote. This eloquent statement says it all.

 

I thank the United Nations Information Centre and Country team for their continued friendship and partnership.

 

  Thanks and enjoy your evening.