2014-10-25 17:49:00

UN Day observed with pledge for continuing commitment for a better world

The United Nations marked the 69th anniversary of its founding on Friday, with its chief pledging the world body’s commitment for a better world, saying the UN is needed now“more than ever.”  An intergovernmental organization, the United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 to promote international co-operation.  In his message for the Oct. 24th United Nations Day, Secretary-General Ban  ki-Moon acknowledged that millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines while the global economy remains an uneven playing field.  At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable.  “The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future,” he said. “There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead to realize the Charter’s vision,” he said.  But he also said we can take heart from our achievements such as the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which had “inspired the most successful anti-poverty campaign ever.” He also noted UN treaties addressing inequality, torture, and racism, and the on-the-ground work of UN peacekeepers and humanitarian workers.   Ban urged governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.”

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