The United Nations Secretary-General, U Thant, held an informal party at the U.N. on Saturday,?
The United Nations Secretary-General, U Thant, held an informal party at the U.N. on Saturday, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Many distinguished guests attended the party, held exactly 25 years after the U.N. Charter went into effect.
A traditional birthday cake bearing the flags of U.N. member States was cut by the Secretary-General, watched by distinguished guests. They included Mayor Lindsay of New York, the United Nations' host city, the British Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, who had earlier appealed to the 127-nation world body for a more practical approach to international problems, and Mr Ronald Waldman, managing director of Visnews, in New York as a guest of the U.N., together with leaders of other world communications media, to discuss United Nations Affairs.
It was a day on which U Thant could forget for a short time the many problems which face his organisation. He has called for a new sense of "global solidarity" as the U.N. starts its second quarter century.
After the party the climax of ten days of celebrations came with a symphony concert which included a specially-commissioned work entitled "Cosmogony" by the Polish composer Krzysztok Penderecki.