Message of H.E Mr. Adel ELARBI,
he celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations how instrumental this organization was to meet the aspiration of the Tunisian people, among other then colonized countries, to get their independence in 1956. Ever since, the Republic of Tunisia has come to espouse the values upheld by the United Nations in terms of human rights, peace keeping and development. As far as human rights are concerned, Tunisia has contributed throughout its history to develop the shared heritage of human rights based on its deep reformist thinking. Indeed, the Constitution of Carthage, the abolition of slavery in 1846, the proclamation of a bill of rights in 1857 (Fundamental Covenant), the constitution in 1861, and the adoption in 1956, immediately after independence, of a revolutionary Personal Status Code that, among other things, abolished polygamy… constituted milestones on the of women and towards freedom and equality not only on domestic levels but its commitment to the international human rights system by ratifying nearly all international and regional human its unwavering willingness to actively cooperate with all institutional bodies and treaty mechanisms of the United Nations in order to ensure the promotion and the protection of human rights as well as to address the obstacles and real challenges to human rights, including in particular terrorism, extremism, intolerance, racism, xenophobia poverty and gender inequality. In this regard, Tunisia has set the stage for an unprecedented female emancipation and empowerment in the Arab and Muslim countries. As a matter of fact, 26.7 percent of parliamentary seats are held today by women in Tunisia, and 32.8 percent of adult women have reached at least a secondary level of education compared to 46.1 percent of their male counterparts. Tunisia is keen to continue working further with the United Nations women’s rights and social status. Furthermore, various organizations present in Tunisia (UNICEF, UNDP, FAO, UNFPA, UNIDO, IOM, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNOPS, WFP, OHCHR, UNHCR, WB and recently UNESCO. With regards to cooperation with NGOs, Tunisia tries to establish regular partnerships in order to develop lasting cooperation by providing such NGOs with an appropriate legal framework; remains open to dialogue with all NGOs working in different areas to build a better Tunisia for the coming generations. Tunisia is keen to cooperate with the competent United Nations bodies and specialized teams to implement the of Tunisian people towards democracy, freedom and decent life eradicate poverty, to reduce unemployment, and to narrow down regional disparities. Tunisia’s contributions to peacekeeping attachment to international legality and its contribution, as a peace loving country, to all efforts and actions in favor of peace, humanity in its entirety. In this connection, Tunisian forces have participated under the aegis of the United Nations in several missions of peacekeeping worldwide (MONUC in Congo 2010, Cambodia (1992-1993), peacekeeping missions in for peacekeeping missions for peace in Eritrea and Ethiopia 2001, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda UNAMIR 1993…) Fighting in Libya at the beginning of 2011, prompted the United Nations’ specialized bodies to share a contingency plan with Tunisian authorities to implement emergency preparedness measures in the south of Tunisia. Following the numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers were evacuated to Tunisia in addition to the evacuation of major international presence. Foreign Diplomatic missions and International Governmental and non Governmental organizations shifted Tunisia. The commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations stands as well an occasion for Tunisian Government and people to remember with respect and gratitude those who stood by our country during our struggle for independence. In this connection, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as they were earnest supporter of the Tunisian move towards independence.