Ghana will preside over the United Nations Security Council in November in New York, a historic moment in the country’s two-year tenure at the Security Council.
The significance of Ghana presiding over the Council’s affairs for the month of November stems from the fact that the UN Security Council is the principal organ for the maintenance and furtherance of international peace and security.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in a media outlined some programmes of activities in November towards Ghana’s Presidency of the UN Security.
It said on Tuesday, November 01, there would be a press briefing by Mr Harold Adlai Agyeman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations in New York, to the UN Press Agencies at 4:30 pm.
It said on the same day at 7 pm, Mr Agyeman would also brief the wider UN Membership on the Programme of Work and Ghana’s priorities during the month.
The release said on Thursday, November 03, there would be an Open Ministerial debate to be chaired by Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on the topic, “Integrating Effective Resilience Building in Peace Operations for Sustainable Peace” from 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm in the UN Security Council Chamber.
It said on Thursday, 10th November, from 2pm to 5pm, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would chair a debate at the Heads of State level on the topic, “Counter-terrorism in Africa: An Imperative for Peace, Security, and Development”.
The release said the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations, New York, has informed that UNTV sends out feeds of meetings and briefings via fiber outbound lines through two companies, “Encompass” and “IDB-The Switch”.
It said UNTV also covers all briefings at the Press Briefing Room, and it is always assigned to the outbound Line “Encompass 4025” as well as the Switch UNN TV.
It noted that, however, UNTV does not cover United Nations Security Council (UNSC) wrap-in briefings to member states, but WebTV does.
Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO), the public aluminium manufacturing company plants have been shut down over agitation by the workers.
The aggrieved workers say their salary is below US$300 per month in cedi equivalent as has not seen any upward adjustments since last year.
They blame the situation on the continuous stay of some retirees at the company, hence the need for management to let them go.
The workers want some top executive management members to be relieved of their posts because they have attained the compulsory retirement age.
Some of the workers abandoned their posts at the production unit and they were seen dancing to music from loud sound systems which were mounted at the frontage of the company.
The remaining workers were also seen in groups and chatting during working hours.
Prior to that, the frontage of the company was blocked, using a 40-footer container to prevent the top management from getting to the company.