Ceremony for Major-General Joseph Nanven Garba
Remarks by H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan
President of the Fifty-seventh Session of the United Nations
28 October 2002
Mr. Secretary General, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
have the honour to open this ceremony to commemorate the memory
of a former colleague, Major-General Joseph Nanven Garba, who
presided over the 44th session of the United Nations General
Assembly from 1989 to 1990. The distinguished list of speakers
at this ceremony is a demonstration of tribute to his memory.
Though I did not have the pleasure to know him personally, he
was, by all accounts, an extraordinary person, a man of many
talents, who had received many distinctions and awards and who
had contributed richly to the work of the United Nations.
his life time, he combined a distinguished military and diplomatic
He participated in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in
India and Pakistan in
years 1965-1966. He was Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister during
the period 1975 to 1978 and led his country's delegation to
the United Nations General Assembly. General Garba was also
an author. Amongst his many works, I would like to mention one
entitled "The Honour to Serve: Relflections on Nigeria's
Presidency of the 44th UN General Assembly "(1993).
his Presidency of the General Assembly, he facilitated world
peace and security through obtaining consensus resolutions on
the subjects of poverty, drug trafficking and apartheid. Perhaps
he will be best remembered for his untiring and relentless efforts
to champion the cause of South Africa against apartheid. The
adoption of the Convention on Rights of the Child was another
important achievement during his presidency.
these remarks I invite Mr. Secretary General to say a few words.