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30.03.2004 General News

Let's support the UN- Tetteh

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Accra, March 30, GNA - Dr Lawrence Tetteh, a Ghanaian Economist and Evangelist based in the UK, on Tuesday urged Ghanaians to continue to support the United Nations Organisation (UNO) because the body is still relevant in the search for global peace. "The world at large needs peace, and we must support the UN as tool for the anticipated peace throughout the world. Lets embrace peace and encourage international friendship and understanding," Dr. Tetteh said on Tuesday in Accra.

Dr. Tetteh, who has recently been appointed the Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the World Federation of the United Nations Association, was speaking as Chairman at a meeting of the re-organised members of the United Nations Association- Ghana (UNA-G), in Accra. The UNA-G meeting, which was attended by a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was to create a good rapport with the Ministry, and to use it as an opportunity to appeal to the Ministry to recognise and reinstate the Association. It is also to brief members in foreign countries who are recently back at home on the re-organisation process.

Dr Tetteh said the art of the UN is to embrace people of different backgrounds and urged the UNA-G, to put in flexible structures as well as procedures that would allow for greater participation in the Association, and speed up its governmental recognition. Nii Otto Kwame III, Pokuase Mantse (Chief), and Greater Accra Regional President of UNA-G, appealed to the Ministry to consider the social and economic contributions of the UNA-G to the country's development and speed up the re-instatement of the Association.

A representative of the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the country's current foreign policy is Economic Diplomacy to gain access to wider international market, fair trade and integration of the sub region, adding these can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace. The Representative lauded the re-organisation moves of the UNA-G, and said Government will support moves that are in the interest of the pursuit of the ideals under Governments Economic Diplomacy policy.

Mr Emmanuel Nana Amuasekyi-Amoah UNA-G Secretary General said UNA-G has a acquired some land, and is in consultation with the Bradford University to partner is to develop a University, to be known as Kofi Annan Peace University in Prampram in the Dangme West District in the Greater Region. The UNA-G has also established the UNA-G International School at Chorkor in Accra, which Mr Amuasekyi-Amuah said has 700 pupils from the pre-school to the Junior Secondary School levels. He said the UNA-G is also involved in vocational training of the youth in batik and tie-and-dye in Accra, has a disabled centre in Ada, and also a pepper farm, also at Ada, which he said is being undertaken with funding from the Poverty Alleviation Fund.

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