The Secretary-General Message for United Nations Day

Oct 24, 2010

On United Nations Day, I express my great appreciation to the millions of peoplethroughout the world who believe deeply in our work for peace, development and humanrights… 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 Nationsentered into force. Every year on UN Day, we reaffirm our global mission. We reassertthe universal values of tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity. And we recognizethe progress we have made together: gains in literacy and life expectancy… the spread ofknowledge and technology... advances in democracy and the rule of law.But above all, UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more. More to protectthose 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 MDG Summit at the United Nations generated politicalmomentum… as well as financial commitments that are especially significant in thesedifficult economic times.

I am determined to press ahead as the 2015 deadlineapproaches.Despite our problems, despite polarization and distrust, our interconnected worldhas opened up vast new possibilities for common progress. Let us commit to do evenmore to realize the great vision set out in the UN Charter.