United Nations Day: Partnerships for Global Progress

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More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.

/Kofi Annan/

Picture a world void of the United Nations (UN); a global community possibly characterised by heightened international conflict, chaos and turmoil. Without the intervention of the United Nations, one might argue that the principles of Freedom, Human Rights, Democracy and Justice, might be perceived as less significant over the individualistic ideologies of many.

Founded in 1945, post-World War II, the UN has worked continuously towards defending and protecting the sovereignty of all nations, large and small. Instigated in 1948, 24th October was then declared the anniversary of the founding of UN's charter and remains to be known as United Nations Day.

It is a day devoted to making known the work, role and achievements of the UN and its family of specialized agencies. These have been spectacular, particularly in the fields of human rights, support in areas of famine, eradication of disease, promotion of health and settlement of refugees.

Today, we live in societies where justice, equality in human rights and peace are highly sought and advocated for. This indeed, may be seen as a direct result of the UN's hard work, but more importantly, the contribution of the citizens of the world who choose to observe and support them. As told by former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, "In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion"

We, at World Assembly of Youth, believe that global partnerships remain key to the vitality and continuity of the global community. In line with the 68th anniversary of UN Day, we urge you all, to continue thriving towards actualizing the missions set by the UN, within your own communities and on a national level, to the benefit of the global community.

For the valiant and determined young people out there, we urge you to continue spreading the spirit of volunteerism and collaboration helping out where you may and urging your peers to do the same. Let us today, transform ourselves into the extended hand of the UN, reaching out to those in need and thriving for the future they deserve.