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October 19, 2010

United Nations Day - October 24: Secretary-General Greets the Citizens of the World

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Photo: October 18, 2010. Security Council Meets on Situation in Middle East. A wide view of the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.

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Photo: October 14, 2010. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) and Sergio de Queiroz Duarte (left of Mr. Ban), High Representative for Disarmament, pose for a group photo with participants of the 2010 United Nations Programme of Fellowship on Disarmament. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: October 16, 2010. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the third World Policy Conference, organized by the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), in Marrakesh, Morocco. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations has released UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s following message for United Nations Day, to be observed on October 24, 2010:

On United Nations Day, I express my great appreciation to the millions of people throughout the world who believe deeply in our work for peace, development and human rights, and who uphold our ideals and help us achieve our goals. To all of you, friends and fellow citizens of the world, I say: thank you.

Sixty-five years ago on this date, the founding Charter of the United Nations entered into force. Every year on UN Day, we reaffirm our global mission. We reassert the universal values of tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity. And we recognize the progress we have made together: gains in literacy and life expectancy; the spread of knowledge and technology; advances in democracy and the rule of law.

But above all, United Nations Day is a day on which we resolve to do more. More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Last month’s Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations generated political momentum as well as financial commitments that are especially significant in these difficult economic times. I am determined to press ahead as the 2015 deadline approaches.

Despite our problems, despite polarization and distrust, our interconnected world has opened up vast new possibilities for common progress. Let us commit to do even more to realize the great vision set out in the United Nations Charter.



“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

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