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UNIS / SGSM / 300
October 21, 2011

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:

"The world has made remarkable progress since the United Nations was founded 66 years ago"

United Nations Day Declaration,
October 24, 2011

VIENNA, October 24 (UN Information Service) - In a few days, humanity will welcome its seven billionth citizen.

Some say our planet is overpopulated. I say we're seven billion strong.

The world has made remarkable progress since the United Nations was founded 66 years ago.

We live longer. Much more children survive. More and more of us live in peace in democracies based on the rule of law.

As we have seen in this dramatic year, people everywhere stand up for their rights and freedoms.

And yet all this progress is threatened. From the economic crisis. Rising unemployment and inequality. From climate change.

Too many people live in fear around the world. Too many people believe that their governments and the global economy can no longer serve them.

In these turbulent times there is only one answer: unity.

Global problems need global solutions.

They force all states to act together for an agenda for the people of this world.

The mandate of the United Nations is:

To create a better world.

Leaving no one behind

To stand up for the poorest and most vulnerable in the name of global peace and social justice.

On this special day we want to make it clear:

The United Nations has never been needed as much as it is today.

In our increasingly interconnected world, we can all give and achieve something through cooperation.

Let us united, seven billion strong, stand up for a global common good.

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