"The sixtieth birthday of the United Nations is an occasion
to reflect on all the good the Organization has done over
its long history. It has been at the centre of the most important
movements of the second half of the twentieth century and
the opening of the twenty-first: averting catastrophic war,
lengthening life spans, providing aid to people in desperate
circumstances, protecting the planet's natural resources and
promoting universal recognition of human rights. It is working
to promote an inclusive globalization and to bring closer
the day when poverty is no longer a fact of life.
The sixty-year mark also reminds us that the world today is
very different from that of our founders. The United Nations
must reflect this new age, and respond to its challenges ?
including, first and foremost, the knowledge that many people
are still left defenceless against hunger disease, and environmental
degradation, even though the world has the means to rescue
them. A renewed United Nations must help to change that, and
work with many partners to advance the noble ideals of its
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The United Nations was established, in the aftermath of a devastating war, to help stabilize
international relations and give peace a more secure foundation.
Amid the threat of nuclear war and seemingly endless regional conflicts, peacekeeping has become
an overriding concern of the United Nations, and the activities of the blue-helmeted peacekeepers
have emerged as among the most visible.
But the United Nations is much more than a peacekeeper and forum for conflict resolution. Often
without attracting attention, the United Nations and its family of agencies are engaged in a vast
array of work that seeks to improve people's lives around the world.
Child survival and development. Environmental protection.
Human rights. Health and medical research. Alleviation of
poverty and economic development. Agricultural development
and fisheries. Education. The advancement of women. Emergency
and disaster relief. Air and sea travel. Peaceful uses of
atomic energy. Labour and workers?rights. The list goes on.
Here, in brief, is a sampling of what the United Nations and its component bodies have accomplished
since 1945, when the world organization was founded.
60 Ways the United Nations Makes a Difference