In his United Nations'Day speech, the Secretary-General of the U.N. Dr. Kurt Waldheim, said much?
SV Dr. Waldheim speaking (pre-recorded on 21 October).
WALDHEIM: "United Nations Day is an appropriate occasion to consider the efforts of our Organisation in the promotion of peace and international understanding and to renew our dedication to its principles and purposes. Recent events have demonstrated its indispensable nature in world affairs and its wide acceptance as a "centre for harmoinizing the actions of nations" in the attainment of common objectives.
"In the past twelve months we have seen the United Nations exercise crucial role in critical situations such as those in the Middle East and Cyprus. In questions relating to the social and economic well-being of people throughout the world, we have seen the Organisation providing a forum for the discussion of such vital problems as the international economic and monetary crisis; the need for increased food production; the rapid growth of the world population, and the attempt to achieve international agreement on questions relating to the sea and its resources.
"In applying itself to these tasks which touch open the lives of people everywhere, the United Nations is fulfilling the vision of the framers of the Charter. Their statement of the principles and purposes continues to provide us with the inspiration for responding to the challenge of a rapidly changing world.
"Of course, much remains to be done before the Organisation can live up to the hopes that have been placed in it. But it is of immense significance that the principle of international co-operation in problems that effect us all have won universal acceptance. What is needed now is that will to make the fullest possible use of the ideals and of the machinery that exist within the Untied Nations. To muster that we will need the support of peoples as well as of Governments. That support is essential if we are to succeed in our continuing efforts for peace, justice and progress."
Dr. Waldheim made his address in English and French. A transcript of his English message(which is on film) is given below.
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Background: In his United Nations'Day speech, the Secretary-General of the U.N. Dr. Kurt Waldheim, said much remained to be done before the Organisation could live up to the hopes that had been placed in it.
But, he said, it was significant that the principle of international co-operation in problems that affected the world had won universal acceptance.
He said recent international events had proved that an organisation like the United Nations was indispensable.
Apart from playing a crucial role in situations such as those in the Middle East and Cyprus, the Organisation had provided a fourm for discussion on problems affecting the whole world.
Dr. Waldheim referred to discussions on vital problems like the international economic and monetary crisis, the need for increased food production, the rapid growth of the world population and the attempt to achieve international agreement on questions relating to the sea and its resources.
SYNOPSIS: Thursday -- twenty-fourth of October -- is universally celebrated as the Untied Nations' Day. Twenty-nine years ago, on this day, the United Nations came into existence officially when the Charter was ratified. This year, Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim had this message for the world....