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MV U Thant speaking "That great document the Charter of the United Nations begins with the words: "We the people of the United Nations' - if then reaffirms our faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and wants of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of our determination to promote social progress and better standards of life and larger freedom. It goes on to proclaim our resolve to combine our efforts to accomplish these and other aims - all of them directed to the achievement of peace. To four out of ten men and women in the world such affirmations and resolves, if they reach them at all, must seem meaningless for they cannot read and write."
CU U Thant "They are outside the privileged circle and their chances of advancement are few but without them how can our great drive for peace and human betterment succeed. That is why on the invitation of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) I ask you all to celebrate International Literacy day min september of this year. Let those who can read this statement pledge themselves to support the world wide literacy movement. Let those who hear me and who have not yet learnt to read and write use the facilities available to them and the chance not only to widen and deepen their culture with their fellow human beings but to enlarge their economic and social opportunity celebrating this day in such ways you will be contributing to international understanding without which there can be no lasting peace and towards the great social and economic objective of the United Nations".
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