Mes­sage of H.E Mr. Adel ELARBI,

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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.

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