UN Day

25 Oct 2013

“The United Nations Country Team in Kuwait Celebrates United Nations Day and the 50th Anniversary of the State of Kuwait’s Membership of the United Nations.

The United Nations Country Team in Kuwait is proud to celebrate the 68th Anniversary of United Nations Day. The 24th of October marks the anniversary of the coming into effect of the United Nations Charter in 1945. That document established the United Nations, with the declared determination of its Member States:

“to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights… establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from the treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom”.  

In 2013, the United Nations Country Team is honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the State of Kuwait’s membership of the United Nations. The State of Kuwait became the 111th UN Member State in 1963, shortly after gaining independence.

During an event at United Nations House, Mishref, to celebrate this double anniversary, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr. Mubashar Riaz Sheikh, expressed his “deep appreciation to the Government of the State of Kuwait for its constructive and generous engagement with the UN Country Team. As a Country Team, we would like to reaffirm our individual and collective commitment… We are going from strength to strength and this is due in no small measure to the gracious support extended by the State of Kuwait… Since joining the United Nations as the 111th Member State on the 14th of May 1963, the State of Kuwait has played an active role far greater than the relative size of its population. In recent years, Kuwait has taken a leadership role in the region, particularly in the area of humanitarian support and South-South Cooperation.” Dr. Mubashar commended the State of Kuwait for its “generous hosting of the Syria pledging conference in January 2013 and its financial support in the amount of 300 million dollars to assist UN humanitarian support for Syrians affected by the conflict.” Dr. Mubashar stated that “Building on this, the Kuwait UN Country Team aims to work more closely with the State of Kuwait to broaden and further enhance its strategic engagement and establish regional and international partnerships that will strengthen the implementation of the individual mandate of various UN agencies in Kuwait and beyond.  The key elements of this contribution will focus around advancing and supporting the highly innovative and far reaching 2035 vision of His Highness the Emir and national development plans. We will also make concerted efforts to advocate and facilitate broad based national participatory discourse within the State of Kuwait on the evolving post-2015 development agenda.”

To mark this special occasion, the United Nations Country Team and the Ministry of Communication have partnered to launch a series of commemorative postage stamps which depict Kuwait’s participation in the United Nations. Images include His Highness the Amir addressing the General Assembly and meeting with the UN Secretary-General Mr., Ban Ki-Moon, as well as Kuwaiti icons.”


Speech of the UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative

Dr. Mubashar Riaz Sheikh

23 October 2013

Excellency Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Excellency Dr. Rola Dashti, State Minister for National Assembly Affairs and State Minister for Planning and Development,

Honourable members of the diplomatic missions,

Distinguished guests,

United Nations colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Al Salam Alykom,

Good evening.

As UN Resident Coordinator, it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you at United Nations House on the occasion of United Nations Day. This evening we are fortunate to enjoy double celebrations, marking the 68thanniversary of the coming into effect of the UN Charter along with recognizing 50 years of Kuwait’s membership of the UN, with strong dedication to international peace, development and commitment to humanitarian support in the region and beyond.

On behalf of the United Nations Country Team in Kuwait, I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Government of the State of Kuwait for its constructive and generous engagement with the UN. To mark the special significance of the occasion, we are working to launch jointly with the State of Kuwait a special series of postage stamps to commemorate 50 years of Kuwaiti partnership with the UN. I would like to seize this opportunity to acknowledge the assistance of the Ministry of Communication in the production of these stamps, which depict Kuwait’s participation in the United Nations, including His Highness the Amir addressing the General Assembly and meeting with the UN Secretary-General Mr, Ban Ki-Moon, as well as other iconic Kuwaiti images.

As the UN Country Team, we would like to reaffirm our individual and collective commitment to implementing the values and aims of the UN Charter in our work here in Kuwait. We are going from strength to strength and this is due in no small measure to the gracious support extended by the State of Kuwait. Throughout the last year, the UN system has accomplished key successes in partnership with various national entities and civil society. We have been closely engaged with a broad range of national partners advocating for the full achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the enhanced national traffic strategy, which will support better road safety and faster emergency response times. In January, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held a regional symposium in Kuwait under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Crown Prince, on Security Council Resolution 1325 on the empowerment of women. In the same month,. In September, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) organized the 4th annual conference for "Effective Partnership and Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action" under the auspices of H.E. the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. ,. Honorable Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah launched the UN-Habitat State of Arab Cities Report (2012/2013) at the World Urban Forum in Naples.  International Organization for Migration (IOM) is increasing its range of counterparts to meet the needs of country development in accordance with its mandate. Earlier this month, International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first ever consolidated network to research labour migration patterns in the GCC, Yemen, Lebanon and Jordan. The World Bank has continued to support human development and economic diversification in Kuwait, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Middle East Centre for Economics and Finance continues to provide training for officials from across the region. The presence of United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI), United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Kuwait Joint Support Office further underline the dynamic engagement between Kuwait and the United Nations.

Since joining the United Nations as the 111th Member State on the 14th of May 1963, the State of Kuwait has played an active role far greater than the relative size of its population. In recent years, Kuwait has taken a leadership role in the region, particularly in the area of humanitarian support and South-South Cooperation. Here I would like to once again recognize Kuwait’s generous hosting of the Syria pledging conference in January 2013 and its financial support in the amount of 300 million dollars to assist UN humanitarian support for Syrians affected by the conflict. Building on this, the Kuwait UN Country Team aims to work more closely with the State of Kuwait to broaden and further enhance its strategic engagement and establish regional and international partnerships that will strengthen the implementation of the individual mandate of various UN agencies in Kuwait and beyond.  The key elements of this contribution will focus around advancing and supporting the highly innovative and far reaching 2035 vision of His Highness the Emir and national development plans. We will also make concerted efforts to advocate and facilitate broad based national participatory discourse within the State of Kuwait on the evolving post-2015 development agenda.

With the collaboration of all partners, we will continue to draw on the global expertise and experience of the United Nations to optimize our support to Kuwait and its people.

It is my honour now to share with you the official message of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, on the occasion of the 68th commemoration of United Nations Day:

Dear friends,

United Nations Day is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress.

It is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world.

The fighting in Syria is our biggest security challenge.

Millions of people depend on UN humanitarian personnel for life-saving assistance

UN experts are working hand-in-hand with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to destroy Syria’s stockpiles.

And we are pushing for a diplomatic solution to end suffering that has gone on far too long.

Our most urgent development challenge is to make sustainability a reality.

The Millennium Development Goals have cut poverty in half.

Now we must maintain the momentum, craft an equally inspiring post-2015 development agenda and reach an agreement on climate change.

This year again, we saw the United Nations come together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues.

We continue to show what collective action can do.  We can do even more.

In a world that is more connected, we must be more united.

On United Nations Day, let us pledge to live up to our founding ideals and work together for peace, development and human rights.

Let me conclude thanking the Dar Al-Othman Museum for its support in organizing the wonderful exhibiting on the history and culture of the State of Kuwait.  Also, our deep gratitude to Excellency Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,, Excellency Ms. Rola Dashti, State Minister for National Assembly Affairs and State Minister for Planning and Development, and all other distinguished guests for the honouring us with their presence.  

Happy United Nations Day!