Statement by Mr. Shigeru Mochida, Officer-in-Charge a.i. and Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP

United Nations Day, 24 October 2007

Your Excellency, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont
Your Excellency, Foreign Minister Nitya Pibulsonggram
Your Excellency Ambassador Manaspas Xuto, President of the United Nations Association of Thailand,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this celebration of the United Nations Day as the United Nations turns 62 years old today.

The theme of this year’s celebration -- “a stronger UN for a better world” -- is very apt indeed. The world has undergone enormous changes over the past six decades. Yet the role of the United Nations has become more indispensable than ever -in peace and security, in development, in human rights, and in preserving our planet for future generations.

Thailand has been playing a significant role in the United Nations in many different ways, including being a host to a wide range of United Nations offices operating in and from Thailand. We are particularly honoured by the presence of both Excellencies Prime Minister Surayud and Foreign Minister Nitya. Your presence symbolizes the continuing commitment and support of the Royal Thai Government to the United Nations. The United Nations Association of Thailand has much to be proud of its role as an important bridge between the United Nations and the people of Thailand.

The United Nations belongs to the people; it is devoted to improving the lives of the people. Precisely a week ago, just outside this Conference Centre, the Royal Thai Government, members of the public and the United Nations joined hands together in a campaign to Stand Up and Speak Out against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals. It was a powerful symbol of our common stand.

As part of our commemoration this year, the United Nations offices in Bangkok – counting well over 20 agencies – are holding a joint exhibition at Central World, with the generous support of its management. The exhibition illustrates to the public the very diverse ways in which the United Nations System serves the people – in this country, in the region, and throughout the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As the United Nations enters its 63rd year, it will continue to face challenges old and new. However, with your support, the United Nations will surely remain steadfast in carrying out its mandate – to serve the people of the world.

Thank you.