Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd, British Education Minister, and Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, were among the speakers at?
Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd, British Education Minister, and Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, were among the speakers at the official opening of the UNESCO permanent headquarters, Paris, November 3.
Mr. Lloyd, SOF, recalling the beginning of the organisation, said that two years before the war had ended the Ministers of Education of several countries had been meeting regularly in London. They asked the British Government to organise a conference to establish an educational and cultural organisation in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations....
He added: "It therefore gives me especial pleasure to know that here today are many who have dedicated themselves to the ideals of UNESCO from the earliest days in London until now. They have proved that UNESCO, and the ideas which UNESCO was created to promote, can come to life in the bush in Liberia, in a public library in New Delhi, in camps for refugees in the sands of the desert and in many other places as yet little touched by the architectural and engineering skill so well shown in this building in which we meet to-day."
Mr. Radhakrishnan, also SOF, said that the world had been shattered by fanaticisms. The means of destruction had increased beyond anything known or even imagines when the second world war ended.
"Peace has become a matter of life and death for all of us, and the only way of securing it is by the appreciation of eternal values, truth, integrity, understanding, love. We must maintain our love of these values even amide the distraction of modern life."
Speaking of the building he said: "When each one of us enters these buildings, he should get to his desk as to an altar and remember the noble words of our Garrison (William Lloyd Garrison)" 'Our country is the world; our countrymen are all mankind", an echo of the ancient Sanskrit saying:
'All men are brothers; the three worlds are my native home. All who work here are servants of the human race, the apostles of the world to be...'"