BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
SOLOMON Islands has pledged its stand to support United Nations to maintain global peace.
This sentiment was uttered by the Deputy Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Mr Manasseh Sogavare during the celebration of UN Day at National Auditorium on Wednesday this week.
Mr Sogavare said underpinning the formation of the United Nations is the need to maintain global peace, and Solomon Islands have been part of the process.
Following the support towards UN charter, Sogavare who is known as a UN champion for global peace and climate change said the UN efforts in peacekeeping remain important and must be supported.
He said, “Underpinning the formation of the United Nations is the need to maintain global peace.”
With UN efforts for global peace, Sogavare said Solomon Islands is proud to be a contributing country to UN Peacekeeping efforts by sending 12 police officers to South Sudan.
He said deploying the 12 officers towards the United Nations African mission in South Sudan is the country’s commitment towards achieving global peace and security.
Sogavare also adds that the country’s own experience with dealing with conflict and having benefitted from the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) instils a sense of appreciation for the value of peacekeeping missions.
He adds, the serving of the country’s 12 officers is a proof of reliance, and a demonstration of just how much Solomon Islands can offer the global community.
“Solomon Islands are an ardent believer in collective action. We are staunch supporters of multilateralism. Without the United Nations, Small Islands States like Solomon Islands would have no voice on global issues,” he said.
Meanwhile, 40 years of country’s membership with UN, Sogavare said Solomon Islands have seen impact of working together on global issues.
Through collective efforts Solomon Islands are able to join the global community battle Climate Change, Law of the Sea, Health, Refugees, Humanitarian Assistance, that are championed by the UN, he said.
UNDP Solomon Islands Country Manager Ms Azusa Kubota commended Solomon Islands for being a strong advocate on the causes and values on what UN stand for.
She commends SIG particularly for exemplary roles played as a member of the global community, in the inter-governmental processes such as the ongoing UN reform discussions and UN peacebuilding commission.
Ms Kubota also acknowledges development partners, civil society, academics and private sector for sharing the passion and commitment with UN for a better future.
“The magnitude of challenges we face in today’s globalized world requires all of us working together. It is not about competition. We need to focus on the issues at hand and focus on delivering results,” she said.