MESSAGE BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. CHARLES THEMBANI NTWAAGAE, AMBASSADOR AND PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF BOTSWANA TO THE UNITED NATIONS
I am delighted to welcome you to the first website of the Permanent Mission of Botswana to the United Nations. Since Botswana joined the United Nations on 17 October 1966, this Mission has and continues to play a critical role in promoting and defending the national interests at the United Nations and its associated Ccouncils. It was through this Mission that Botswana, in spite of its strategic vulnerability compounded by hostile geopolitical circumstances in Southern Africa from the 1960s to the ‘90s, asserted her principles of the right of every people to self-determination.
This is hardly surprising because as a small state Botswana has always attached great importance to the utility and instrumentality of the United Nations in the advancement of international peace and security as well as economic and social progress in the world. Botswana has always believed in peaceful resolution of disputes. The United Nations has, and continues to be a very important vehicle in that regard.
His Excellency Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of the Republic of Botswana, said this eloquently in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September 1969:
As a small poor country, we set particularly high value on our membership of the United Nations and those agencies which our budgetary restrictions have permitted us to join. I should like to emphasize the particular importance of the United Nations for states like Botswana which, because of development priorities, are obliged to restrict their bilateral contacts and keep their overseas missions to a bare minimum. Here in New York we can make contacts which would otherwise be difficult to achieve.
The United Nations has 192 Member States. This cosmopolitan community of nations work together to search for global consensus on the most pressing problems of our planet such as conflict, poverty, HIV/AIDS, terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, climate change, to mention but a few. Only the United Nations, due to its universality and legitimacy, can embark on this enterprise. Botswana must be ready, committed and proud to be part of this important task of building a more peaceful, just and prosperous world order.
The objective of this website is to give you, the visitor or the reader, an idea of purpose of this Mission - what it is doing and most importantly, what is happening at the United Nations. In this respect, we are happy to provide speeches of Botswana leaders from the 1960s to date. You will also find information about Botswana that is not necessarily related to the United Nations. That is how it should be, because this Mission is not just about the United Nations, but most fundamentally, it is about promoting the interests of Botswana abroad. Botswana is the land of the legendary Okavango Delta, the undulating sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert and it is home to unimaginable variety of wild life and fauna. It is our pleasant duty to let you know about these important places of interest of international acclaim and above all, the friendship and hospitality of the beautiful as well as peace-loving people of Botswana. Where we cannot provide such information we will always be happy to refer you to relevant websites that can help you in that regard.
Naturally, being the first website for this Mission, we will certainly count on your support and feedback to help us improve it further so that it could meet your interests and needs. This is your website. Together we can make it what it should be, so that citizens of Botswana and the world as a whole can, at the click of a mouse, access Botswana at the United
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