The ceremony took place in the city of New York, with the attendance of representatives from over 50 countries accredited before the United Nations, in the 800 building on Second Avenue, to testify to the friendship and solidarity of the Government in Malabo, with a double commemoration: the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea as a member country of the greatest forum for global diplomacy, and for 50 years of independent life.
Having shaken the hand of the Permanent representative of our country, Anatolio Ndong Mba, and his wife, together with the deputy ambassadors and advisers from the permanent mission, the diplomats heard the national anthem, and saw a video on the socio-political and cultural progress in Equatorial Guinea from 1968 to the present, including the huge transformations orchestrated by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
To mark this double celebration, the Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba, after thanking his counterparts for the huge attendance at the ceremony, declared that on the one hand it was a recognition of the actions of the heroes and martyrs in the heroic events of 12th October 1968, following two centuries of colonial domination and exploitation; and on the other hand a recognition of the essential, successful role played by the United Nations with respect to the decolonisation process since 1945, and the subsequent charter from the organisation which includes the principle of equality among peoples.
Focussing on the joining of Equatorial Guinea as a member country of the United Nations, the ambassador underlined that, since 3rd August 1979, the country has been more visible in accordance with the principles of international law, thus reaffirming its commitment to the rights and obligations emanating from international organisations and those of which it is a member, as stated in the preamble and in Article 8 of the Constitution of Equatorial Guinea.
The donation made by the Government in 2014 to the UN, which consisted in a large building which houses various sections of the organisation in Malabo II, the economic contribution so that the organisation can continue in accordance with its principles, the UNESCO prize in Life Sciences, the FAO Unilateral Trust Fund for Food Security, and the financing of UNICEF and the WHO, for the implementation of countrywide programmes, were some of the other contributions highlighted by Anatolio Ndong Mba, as a sign of the successful cooperation between Equatorial Guinea and the United Nations, in addition to also pointing out one of the most significant achievements; its belonging to the highest UN decision-making body for the 2018-2019 two-year period, thus contributing to international peace and security.
Following the speech by the Permanent Representative, the diplomats and other senior figures from the United Nations were invited to try typical dishes from Equatorial Guinea, and witness the cutting of the cake in the colours of the national flag.
Text and photos: José Enzeñ Obiang (Press Attaché at the Equatorial Guinea Embassy before the UN)
Submission: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office