Every year, 9th of May marks Europe Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of peace and unity in Europe. On 9 of May 1950 the French Foreign Minister Robert Schumann proposed to place French and German production of coal and steel - strategic items for warfare - under a common high authority in an attempt to prevent further conflicts in Europe. It was the first step on the path that led to today’s European Union (EU).
On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we pay tribute to the essential role of cultural diversity in Europe and around the world for fostering dialogue, respect, and contributing to sustainable development and growth. Europe is a continent of cultural diversity. Our societies, institutions and laws are the outcome of centuries of exchanges of ideas, values, traditions and memories.
Guest of Honour, Honourable Presidential Advisor on Education Dr John Gai Yoh, Hon. Ministers, Hon. Members of Parliament, Religious leaders, SRSG, Ambassadors and Heads of Mission, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I welcome all of you to the celebration of Europe Day at the EU Compound.
Before I begin, I would like to thank all my colleagues in the Delegation for their hard work in the setup of this wonderful event.