Angola: Nation Marks 36 Years Since Joining UN

Luanda12/02 (angop) — Angola celebrated its 36th anniversary on December 1 since it was admitted as 148th member of the United Nations (UN).

With the proclamation of its Independence on 11 November 1975 and the formation of the first government of the then Republic of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos was appointed minister of Foreign Affairs, to lead the diplomatic campaign.

The intense diplomatic campaign led by the current President of the Republic of Angola, enabled the the country to be recognised and admitted on February 12, 1976 as forty-sixth member of the current African Union and in December of the same year, at the United Nations.

Apart from the important diplomatic victory, in this period, about 80 countries (first Brazil) recognised the government of the then Republic of Angola, 40 of them African.

On September 25, 2007, the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, delivered his speech at the 62nd session of the General Assembly, having, among other issues, making reference to the phenomenon of global warming, pollution of the atmosphere and hence climate change.

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