to the Commitment to the Work of the United Nations
Statement of H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan
President of the 57th General Assembly
New York, 11 September 2002
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
me to thank you for inviting me to the Annual Interfaith Service
to the Commitment to the Work of the United Nations. It is a
great pleasure for me to be here and share with you the moments
of reminiscence and prayer for peace and justice for all the
people of the planet. This gathering of the religious leaders
of the New York area and the members of the United Nations and
the NGO community has by now developed into a valuable tradition.
I would like to recall the memory of the people who became victim
to the most appalling terrorist act carried out on this day
a year ago.
service assembles representatives of a wide range of religions
and faiths. A multireligious gathering such as this embodies
the ideals of understanding, interrelationship, mutual tolerance
and acceptance. It was with these very ideals that the founders
of the United Nations laid the groundwork of the organization
which has grown into the most representative and indispensable
of all the international organizations. It is precisely these
values which are essential to achieving a peaceful and just
co-existence in a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected.
United Nations similarly is a forum that unites peoples of a
multitude of faiths and backgrounds. At the same time, it is
a place which offers room for finding common language and common
solutions through dialogue and cooperation. It is only in this
spirit that the Organization can fulfill its mission of bringing
peace, advancement and dignity into the life of every human
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
work lies before us during the upcoming session of the United
Nations General Assembly. Let us be strengthened by today's
gathering in carrying out our work.