Oct 24, 2014

Dear friends of the United Nations,

At this time of multiple crises, the United Nations is needed more than ever.

Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.

Millions of people suffer from exploitive and unsafe working conditions. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.

The United Nations was founded to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead.  But we can take heart from our achievements in advancing peace, human rights and human dignity.  

The UN Millennium Development Goals have inspired the most successful anti-poverty campaign ever.  As we strive to finish the job, we are also shaping a sustainable development agenda and seeking a meaningful climate change agreement, all by 2015. The United Nations is also mobilized against the Ebola outbreak, a huge and global challenge that demands a huge and global response.

On this United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to the marginalized and vulnerable, and work in common cause for the common good.

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