Press release, MoFA, Banjul – The Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to the Swiss Confederation and the Permanent Mission of The Gambia to the United Nations Office, World Trade Organisation and other International Organisations in Geneva, Professor Muhammadu MO Kah, on 10th February 2021 presented his letters of credence to the Director General of the United Nations Office, Tatiana Valovaya. The ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ambassador Kah was welcomed by Ms Tatiana Valovaya. The UN Diplomat received the credentials on behalf of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gueterres.
During discussions, Ambassador Kah assured Ms Valovaya of the commitment of the government of The Gambia to working closely with the UN Office in Geneva and other international organisations to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He said efforts are underway to further maximise opportunities for the mutual interest of The Gambia and her development partners.
Ambassador Kah stated the need for efforts to be synergised with a view to utilising potentials for the socio – economic development of The Gambia. He commended Ms Valovaya for the assurance of cooperation and support during the course of his tour of duty.
For her part, Ms Valovaya congratulated Ambassador Kah on his appointment and assured him of the support and cooperation of her office and all related UN agencies and organisations in Geneva. She said different institutions in Geneva offer different opportunities which countries like The Gambia can utilise in its policy, development strategies and initiatives.
She cited the SDGs created by her office to support countries, in particular developing countries for the attainment of the 17 goals.
Ms Valovaya informed Ambassador Kah about the existence of the Gender Champions initiative, which she said is meant to keep the gender discourse and debate on multilateral agenda. She expressed hope for continued participation of The Gambia in multilateralism programme agendas.
Ambassador Kah was accompanied to the meeting by Ms Baturu Camara-Ceesay, counsellor at the Embassy and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of The Gambia in Switzerland.