“Partnerships for Global Progress” is the theme for this year’s U.N. Day celebration, the 68th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution declaring October 24 to be United Nations Day, to be commemorated annually by all member-states of the United Nations. In the United States, each President, beginning with Harry Truman, has issued a proclamation asking citizens to observe U.N. Day and to reflect upon the importance of the United Nations to our national interest, as well as to each American individually.
We hope everyone will take the time to commemorate the international organization which offers us the best opportunity to address the common good of all peoples.
U.N. Day focuses on how vital the U.N. is to people across the globe. Most notable in the current decade is achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. The goals are a set of eight global objectives aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. The goals, which cover a range of human development issues from providing universal primary education to halting the spread of HIV, were adopted at the 2000 U.N. Millennium Summit by 189 nations and have spurred unprecedented global efforts to help the world’s poor.
The MDGs provide the entire United Nations system with a blueprint to work coherently together towards a common goal to reduce poverty and improve lives. They set time bound targets, by which progress in reducing poverty, homelessness and hunger; combating HIV AIDs and other diseases; promoting gender equality, maternal and child health, education and environmental sustainability; and encouraging global partnerships for development can be measured. They also embody basic human rights — the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security.
The MDGs, which are slated to be met by 2015, have been the focus of U.N. Day celebrations worldwide for 10 years: one means by which U.N. Associations around the world strive to focus public attention on the needs addressed in the MDGs.
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Sister Eileen Golby,
Sister Eileen Golby is the vice president of the sisters of St. Francis, whose Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking has organized the local observance since 1989.