Your quiet and devoted work not only contributes to the betterment of the United Nations. It also
has great significance for you personally. For how we work expresses our dignity and the kind of persons we are.
Like so many other people
worldwide, you are concerned about your children’s welfare and education. You worry about the future
of the planet, and what kind of a world we will leave for future generations.
But today, and everyday, I
would ask each of you, whatever your capacity, to care for one another. Be close to one another, respect
one another, and so embody among yourselves this Organization’s ideal of a united human family, living
in harmony, working not only for peace, but in peace; working not only for justice, but in a spirit of
I pay homage to all those men and women whose loyalty and self-sacrifice have
benefitted humanity as a whole in these past seventy years.
It must be stated that a true “right of the environment” does exist...We human beings are part of the environment. We live in communion with it, since the
environment itself entails ethical limits which human activity must acknowledge and respect....[and] because every creature, particularly a living creature, has an intrinsic value, in its existence, its
life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures.
I assure you of my support and
my prayers, and the support and prayers of all the faithful of the Catholic Church, that this Institution, all
its member States, and each of its officials, will always render an effective service to mankind, a service
respectful of diversity and capable of bringing out, for sake of the common good, the best in each people
and in every individual.
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Dr. Uma Mysorekar
Ms. Ishanaa Rambachan
Dr. Satpal Singh Dr. Gunisha Kaur
Reverend Yasuko Niwano
Bhante Hennbunne Kondañña
Reverend A.R. Bernard, Sr.
Imam Khalid Latif
Dr. Sarah Sayeed
Cantor Ari Schwartz