Sixty-nine years ago when the UN charter came in to force on October 24, 1945 a new voice echoed in the world, “We the peoples of the United Nations, determined:
- to save the succeeding generations from the scourge of war and sufferings;
- to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of all persons- men and women of all Nations, large and small;
- to promote social progress and better standards of life;
- to practice tolerance and to live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.
People need a passport to travel from country to country but problems, sickness, the impact of climate change freely travel across borders. Though far from its ideal, this global institution is essential to our world to deal with global problems.
The theme of this year’s UN day is: Global Citizenship and Youth.
None of us are youth any more, but we are global citizens, how privileged are we to have all the 23 Nations represented in our Fox Chase Chapel today. We have all the reasons to celebrate,it is our 20th year at the UN.
HAPPY UN day!