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Minister Flanagan Launches Ireland UN60 Exhibition in New York

Diplomatic Relations, Funding, Ireland, Minister Charles Flanagan, United Nations, Press Releases, North America, 2015


Latest in Series of Events Marking 60th Anniversary of Ireland’s Membership of the United Nations

Ahead of his attendance at this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., has this evening launched a special exhibition in New York marking the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations.

Entitled ‘Ireland's First Years at the United Nations 1955-1957’, and assembled by the Royal Irish Academy from documents at Ireland’s National Archives, the exhibition covers major issues of the period and highlights challenges of the time such as the Cold War and the birth of UN Peacekeeping. It also highlights how the values and principles demonstrated by Ireland during early days of membership have been carried forward to the present day.

The exhibition will be displayed at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York and Geneva, before returning to Ireland.

Speaking at the launch event held in New York’s prestigious American Irish Historical Society, Minister Flanagan said:

“Through the United Nations, Ireland has played an important role as a small but powerful voice for peace and security, development and human rights over the past 60 years. Earlier this year the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Ireland and participated in the launch of 'UN60', our programme of events to celebrate Ireland’s 60 years membership of the UN.

“It is fitting that our UN60 exhibition will be on view in New York, the home of the United Nations. ‘Ireland's First Years at the United Nations 1955-1957’ paints a fascinating picture of how Ireland took its place among the nations of the world. During those early years, Ireland deployed its first ever UN peacekeepers to Lebanon and took a strong and principled stance in relation to nuclear non-proliferation. These early commitments continue to find expression in Irish foreign policy in 2015.

“60 years on, Ireland’s commitment to the foundational values and principles of the United Nations remains undimmed. As I will outline in my speech to the UN General Assembly later this week, Ireland will continue to put the UN at the heart of our foreign policy in the coming years.”

On Thursday Minister Flanagan will address the UN General Assembly and have a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.



Press Office

27 September 2015


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