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United Nations: Festivals and Special Occasions

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to mark United Nations Day on 24 October. (159521)

The UN is at the forefront of the international community's efforts to maintain international peace and security and address the challenges of the 21st century, such as sustainable development and climate change. The UK is, and will continue to be, one of the UN's strongest supporters.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary had a useful meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 22 October, during which he took the opportunity to congratulate him on UN day. My noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, issued a short message noting the significance of the date and the UK's ongoing commitment to the UN. This can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029391629&a=KArticle&aid=1188505922392.

I am also pleased to note that the UN Association, a non-governmental advocacy which the FCO supports, will be holding its annual Lobby for the UN event on that day. This is an opportunity to promote dialogue between voters and hon. Members about the UK's contribution to the UN's work.