UN: Ban lauds UN workers for contributing to global peace, care

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday in New York commended UN personnel for their efforts and contributions to global peace and development, as well as their responses to the plight of the vulnerable people across the world.

"We have also suffered enormous heartbreak, including unresolved conflicts, causing immense suffering throughout the troubled Middle East, South Sudan, the Sahel and beyond, but together, we have put in place some solid foundations for shared progress, which we must build on by working even harder to ensure peaceful coexistence, empower women, engage youth and uphold human rights for all," Ban said in a message to mark the UN Day.

The Day is observed annually on 24 October, which is the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter.

The UN chief noted that major progress has been made towards a more sustainable future through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as in addressing the threat of climate change, through the Paris Agreement, which will enter into force on 4 November, a record entry for any such global accord.

According to him. "across that historic threshold lies our best chance for greener, cleaner, low-carbon growth."

He also said that it was an honour for him to serve the global community over the past 10 years and called on everyone to support the UN Secretary-General-designate, Antonio Guterres, in continuing UN's global mission of peace, sustainable development and human rights.

Ban's tenure as the UN Secretary-General comes to a close on 31 December, 2016.

PANA in New York reports that the 24th of October has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948.

In 1971, the UN General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by UN member states as a public holiday.
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