To the Editor:
Since 1948, October 24th has been celebrated as United Nations Day. Founded in 1945, the work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. Best known for peacekeeping, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance, there are many other ways the United Nations affects our lives and makes the world a better place. Their work is a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world.
“The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. […] At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good. ” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The UN has 4 main purposes:
• To keep peace throughout the world;
• To develop friendly relations among nations;
• To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
• To be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
The Clinton Franciscans call upon you to recognize, celebrate and support the efforts of the UN.
Eileen Golby, OSF
Vice President, Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton