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25 October 2018
Celebrating UN Day As We The Peoples
By Stephen F. Moseley, UNA-NCA President

The greeting given on United Nations Day from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, underscores our need to stand in solidarity around the world to "heal our planet, to repair broken trust and to leave no one behind." The same day, October 24, we in the United States saw pipe bombs delivered across the country in an attempt to kill major leaders including President Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, key leaders from Congress, civil rights leaders, a past CIA Director, reporters at CNN news headquarters in New York, and the philanthropist George Soros, amongst others. We are reminded by all this that the United Nations, founded now 73 years ago by nations of the world in 1945 (now with 196 countries), came about in the aftermath of a world war which threatened to end all freedoms for people across the world, and to deny dignity and prosperity for all. 

The founding of the UN, with the signing of its Charter, begins with the words, 

“WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war … to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women, and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom."

Since its founding, the UN Charter and work of the UN has served well as the framework to hold our world leaders to sustain civil discourse, seek more equity for the most vulnerable, share technical progress in the health and education fields, increase economic productivity, protect those affected by man-made or natural disasters, and more. With the advent and dissemination of weapons of mass destruction in the 1940’s, 1950's and 1960's, the creation of frameworks and treaties, as well as subsequent monitoring and inspection led by the UN for nuclear non-proliferation, has been a bulwark to save our planet from total destruction.

In the past two decades, the UN has updated its mission and capabilities with near universal agreement in the Sustainable Goals for 2030. Among others, these goals include several important tasks such as eliminating poverty for all people on earth and reducing manmade climate change, which threatens our world today. The goal relating to climate change encourages us all to work together to reduce carbon emissions, protect trees, and change our dangerous behaviors of pollution and overconsumption. 

Today this mission and responsibility for all of us as local, national and international citizens of a common globe can see and understand that a strong and compassionate United Nations is essential for each of our daily lives. This long-term commitment to the UN must be a priority for all nations, especially the US. In the face of many global challenges such as war and violence, natural disasters, and growing inequities among billions of people, we must celebrate this UN Day standing together for the UN. We must call for civil discourse about our role in the world and provide generous financial leadership and engagement at the UN through our U.S. political leaders in Congress, the White House and our ambassadors to the UN.

Vitriolic discourse and actions are a danger to our democracy and lead only to greater violence at home and in the world. To save the planet and make the world a better place for all of us, we must cease attacking or withdrawing from global cooperation treaties at the UN. Neglecting to do so will be to the detriment of our own community and to the national social fabric at home today in US. The engagement of the U.S. and its citizens in the UN is the mission and purpose of UNA-NCA. Please join and support our events for the balance of this year including our UN Day Celebration with UNICEF Executive Director on October 29, our annual Human Rights Awards event on December 6, and in our ongoing advocacy efforts and other programs.