Sunday 24 October 2010

To Do More…

united nations

"UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more.  More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals."

[Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – message on UN Day 24 October 2010 – that is TODAY!!]

The United Nations General Assembly declared that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states. What has happened to UN DAY? I have NOT read any reports of UN Day events – have you? It is noted, amazingly, on my Forgotten English Calendar, which is what drew my attention to it.

On Friday, the POTUS said…

Though the future we envision for all the world's children may not come easily, the founding of the United Nations itself is a testament to human progress.  Let us continue to be guided by its founders' soaring example, and move through the conflicts and divisions of our time to a day when people from every part of this world can live together in peace.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2010, as United Nations Day.  I urge the Governors of the 50 States, and the officials of all other areas under the flag of the United States, to observe United Nations Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth. BARACK OBAMA

So are they having street parties in the States?


I haven’t heard of anything happening here.

I am marking the day by wearing my Unicef Tee shirt which Steph gave me [she went to Malawi with them in 2008]

But you will have to wait to find out what this is about, and why I am holding the paint roller in such a menacing fashion!

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