Nov 15- 2021
On the 12th November 2021, His Excellency President Nana Akufo Addo participated in the celebration of UNESCO’s 75th anniversary on the margins of the 41st Session of the UNESCO General Conference, the highest governing body of the Organization.
Before a plethora of Heads of States and Governments, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egypt, and Prime Minister Jean Castex, France, as well as the UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, His Excellency delivered a statement recounting the history of Ghana’s relation with UNESCO, particularly highlighting past and present achievements:
“At the time when there was only one media house in Ghana, UNESCO was instrumental in the establishment of private, independent newspapers and radio stations, contributing to the making of a vibrant and free media, the envy of many on the continent, and, indeed the world.”
“In contemporary times, UNESCO has been able to redefine and reposition itself to address the pressing needs of the world. When the pandemic of COVID-19 struck, it assisted several countries, including Ghana, to help ensure the education of thousands and thousands of children was not truncated.”