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Listen, learn, and tell others about the work of the United Nations.

26 October 2009 No Comment

Level: National/International — Pillar: Conflict Transformation

This week’s featured story came in from Washington, DC:

“Everything will be all right – you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves.” - Dag Hammarskjold

Earlier this month President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize as a “call to action” for all nations and individuals to participate in a global response to global challenges. Last week he continued to emphasize the need for collective action by proclaiming the United State’s recognition of October 24 as United Nations Day. In his proclamation, President Obama reminded Americans, as global citizens, that: “As expressed in the founding values of the United Nations, we share a common security and are unified by our common humanity. This truth calls us to work cooperatively with nations from around the globe in the pursuit of peace, economic prosperity, and human opportunity.”

Sixty-four years ago, in the aftermath of World War II, 50 nations came together to form the United Nations (UN). The founding of the United Nations provides an extraordinary example of a bold act of idealism rooted in the hard-earned lessons of war. Although the institution is criticized at times for bureaucratic ineptitude, the UN fulfills a fundamental and essential role that is as important today as it was in the aftermath of World War II. It provides a critical forum for dialogue and cooperation as well as an avenue for collective action.

We all have a role to play in ensuring that as nations and as people we are united around a commitment to peace, humanity, and justice. Two ways you can do this are to:

- Go to UN radio and listen to key historical moments that transformed the world during the 20th century.

- Read about global issues through the personal stories of people and communities impacted by the work of the UN.

Please use the comments section below to share your experiences and thoughts on how to engage in a global response to global challenges.

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