U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said yesterday that the United Nations had done well, but not well enough in its 25-year history.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: THANT: "A quarter of a century has passed since the leaders of a tired and bleeding world put their signatures to a document born of the agony and anguish of war. The Charter of the United Nations which came to life in one of the history's most momentous ceremonies, held out the promise of a world with peace, prosperity and freedom to be attained through equal rights for men and women and for nations large and small, old and new.
The United Nations born of the Charter has done well, but it has not done well enough. It is unforgivable that so many problems from the past are still with us, absorbing vast energies and resources desperately needed for nobler purposes.
Squalid poverty lives side by side with over-abundance on our Earth. We have reached the Moon but we have not yet reached each other. Many species of our co-habitants on the globe from the bird and animal world have forever disappeared. Many beautiful rivers have become sewers endangering the oceans. We must heed the omens. It is time for Governments to make a fresh start and to lift themselves again to the same high level, if not a higher level, of vision and determination as that of the authors of the Charter.
We must give the Charter a real chance at least. We must pass from words to deeds. We must pass from rights to obligations. We must pass from self-interest to mutual interest. We must pass from partial peace total peace.
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Background: U Thant, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said yesterday that the United Nations had done well, but not well enough in its 25-year history. He was speaking on the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Charter.