Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 August 2021
Retired Colonel Alhaji Fanday Turay, Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative recently appointed and approved by parliament to serve the country at the United Nations, with accreditations to Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba, yesterday took formal leave of President Dr Julius Maada Bio at State House.
Lawyer Turay, who has previous experience working with the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights and briefly served as Chairman of Sierra Leone’s National Commission for Privatisation, expressed gratitude to the President for his appointment, adding that he is humbled by the confidence reposed in him. He assured of his utmost commitment and dedication to pursuing his mandate.
He said, amongst many other things, he would focus on key strategic priorities, including but not limited to promoting, canvassing, and advocating for the Common African Position on United Nations Security Council reform, a position that is being championed by President Julius Maada Bio as Chair of the C-10.
“Your Excellency, …I will facilitate, under the auspices of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, the Republic of Sierra Leone’s bid for a seat in the non-permanent category of the United Nations Security Council for the 2024-2025 term,” he said, as he assured of his desire to successfully achieve the objectives set for him.
“In this connection also, I will endeavour to use my good offices to facilitate the election of our qualified Sierra Leonean compatriots to positions of strategic importance in the United Nations System.
“In this connection Your Excellency, I will further focus on sharing within the relevant UN bodies the key elements of the updated version of our Nationally Determined Contributions to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change which has already been submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” he said.
President Bio congratulated the ambassador and wished him well on his new appointment, adding that the brief speech he has delivered demonstrated his wide range of knowledge on the subject matter.
He further admonished the envoy that notwithstanding his knowledge, there were challenges and complexities ahead as well, but assured him of his continued support.
I think Lawyer Turay is a good pick to represent Sierra Leone. Being a retired Colonel he has that military discipline in him which he will take to New York where the world body meets to discuss global matters where Lawyer Turay will play a pivotal role.