In a United Nations Day address (24 October), Dr. Kurt Waldheim, the Secretary-General, assessed the?
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"Today, on 24 October 1973, we see that this scourge has not yet been removed. We see that, despite the endeavours of so many, peace is fragile and that mankind faces many perils. We have been forcefully reminded of this fact by the tragic conflict in the Middle East.
We see, also, that the other scourges which inflict mankind -- hunger, poverty, disease, and illiteracy --- have not been defeated.
The problems that confront us are large, and their solution will neither be easy nor swift.
This day gives us ???n opportunity to consider the achievements of the United Nations, its problems, and its task. from this we can better realize that most of the problems are global, and require a global response. Physically and politically we are, on this planet, completely interdependent. War, racism and colonialism, poverty and starvation anywhere affect us all. This is the dominant reality of our time, and the United Nations -- now approaching full universality of membership -- is the only organisation which fully reflects this reality.
The United Nations has had many achievements, but also many disappointments. But this is not a moment to be despondent or to lose faith in this great human endeavour. Indeed, more than ever, the world needs a strong, universal, and respected United Nations to serve the cause of humanity as a whole.
So, let us dedicate ourselves to work even harder for international partnership and service. Because we know only too well that there is no acceptable alternative to lasting peace."
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Background: In a United Nations Day address (24 October), Dr. Kurt Waldheim, the Secretary-General, assessed the Organisation's achievements and disappointments. He called on the United Nations to work harder to achieve international harmony.
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday, the United Nations celebrated its twenty-sight anniversary. In his United Nations Day message, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim spoke of the purpose of the organisation, and of its achievements and the tasks it faces.