United Nation’s Day: PM: “Many challenges are facing humanity”

POSTED: 10/24/11 2:03 AM

St. Maarten  (DCOMM) – Today is United Nation’s Day, the anniversary of the UN charter that went into effect in 1945. UN Day has been celebrated since 1948. In 1971, the UN General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said yesterday that the UN Day comes at a time when the world will welcome its seventh billionth member at the end of this month.

She added that over the past 66-years on UN existence, much has been achieved for humanity and that the world has much to thank it for.

“Impressive, that is how I can describe the achievements made to date, and I would like to reiterate the highlights of UN success as pointed out by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“Our seniors are living longer, more children survive and the majority of the world’s population lives in peace under democratic rule of law. There are however still many challenges facing humanity today, such as the global economic crisis, rising joblessness, famine and climate change. To deal with these challenges there must be unity of purpose. All nations have to continue working together in the interests of humanity, and remain committed to building a better world. I would like to wish the people of St. Maarten, and those within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the global community of nations, a happy United Nation’s Day.”

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