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Minister Flanagan welcomes upcoming visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

 

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has welcomed the upcoming visit of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon from Sunday 24 May until Tuesday 26 May.

The Minister said:

“I am delighted that the UN Secretary-General is to be awarded the Tipperary International Peace Award this Sunday. It is notable that the first ever such Award was presented in 1984 to another distinguished UN diplomat, Sean McBride.

“Now the 2015 Award, on the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN, is being presented to another great UN statesman, Ban Ki-moon.

“I am looking forward to attending that event in Tipperary and to hosting Mr Ban as he delivers a keynote lecture in Dublin Castle on Monday 25th May. This event will mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland joining the UN.

“We will launch an exciting programme of events highlighting the significant contribution Ireland makes to a peaceful, fair and secure world through our engagement with the United Nations in diplomacy, development, humanitarian action and peacekeeping.”

The Minister added:

“The official visit of the UN Secretary-General, the first since 2009, provides an opportunity for Ireland to showcase our unique contribution to the United Nations, with a visit to the Curragh Army Camp accompanied by Minister Simon Coveney to meet with serving peacekeepers. Minister Frances Fitzgerald will join the UN Secretary-General at an event with resettled refugees and members of the Syrian community and an interactive youth event focused on sustainable development will also take place.

“Ireland is playing an important role in 2015 in leading the international negotiations around the next set of goals that will define the sustainable development agenda for the next 15 years.”

ENDS
Press Office
22 May 2015


Programme for the Visit

On 24 May, the UN Secretary-General will attend the Tipperary International Peace Award Ceremony where he will be presented with the Award for 2014.

On 25 May, the UN Secretary-General will visit the United Nations Training School, accompanied by Minister Simon Coveney where he will be briefed on Ireland’s engagement in UN peacekeeping. The Secretary-General will also have the opportunity to meet with serving peacekeepers and inspect an unexploded ordnance exercise.

In the afternoon, the UN Secretary-General will host an event for resettled refugees and members of the Syrian community living in Ireland in Farmleigh, he will be joined by Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

Following the event, the UN Secretary-General will travel to Dublin Castle for an Iveagh House Lecture, where he will give a keynote address. The lecture, which is hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in partnership with the Institute for International and European Affairs, will also mark the launch of Ireland’s programme of events to celebrate our 60th anniversary of UN membership.

On 26 May, the UN Secretary-General will meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Government Buildings before hosting an interactive music, drama and discussion event with young people in Iveagh House Gardens. At this ‘Youth and the Sustainable Development Gaols’ event, the Secretary-General will have the opportunity to meet with 100 young people aged between 18 and 24. The UN Secretary-General will participate in a interactive and engaging discussion with Minister of State for Overseas Development, Sean Sherlock T.D., UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Donncha O’Callaghan and High Level Supporter Evanna Lynch.