Trump proclaims Oct 24 as United Nations Day

ANI | Updated: Oct 25, 2017 02:19 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 25 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday has proclaimed 24 October 2017 (GMT-4) as the 'United Nations Day' and urged "the Governors of the 50 States, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the officials of all other areas under the flag of the United States", to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

A release by the White House read: "On United Nations Day, we recognise the more than seven decades of contributions the United Nations has made to peace and security among nations. The United Nations was founded on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to preserve sovereignty, enhance security, build prosperity, and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. Its purpose remains as essential today as ever before. As the world faces increasing transnational threats -- including the spread of terrorism and mass atrocities around the globe, the risk of famine and humanitarian crises, and nuclear proliferation by rogue regimes that threaten others with the most destructive weapons known to humanity -- we call on all member states to reaffirm their commitments to the obligations and responsibilities enshrined in the United Nations Charter."

President Trump also urged the member states to work together as the founders of the United Nations intended and confront those who threaten chaos, turmoil, and terror.

"We continue to believe that the United Nations can play an important role in resolving international disputes and that its success depends on a coalition of strong sovereign nations. This year alone, the United States has led efforts at the United Nations to strengthen and expand sanctions against North Korea, review the mandates of peacekeeping missions to make sure they are achievable, and promote an ambitious campaign of reform, including with respect to the United Nations Human Rights Council," the release further read.

"The United Nations Security Council, of which the United States is a permanent member, remains, as ever, a valuable forum for responding to threats to international peace and security."

"On United Nations Day, we also pause to acknowledge the men and women who serve in faraway peacekeeping missions, who provide humanitarian assistance to people in war-torn countries, who endeavor to keep the world safe from weapons of mass destruction, and who protect innocent children. Through their effort and personal sacrifice, they bring hope and relief to countless people in need," it added. (ANI)