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In Honor of the United Nations 72nd. Birthday

Today, October 24, is United Nations(UN) Day, hereby marking the 72nd birthday of the intergovernmental organization, credited with averting a third world war, thus far.

In spite of many criticisms, the UN still stands as a body of peace in service to humanity. 

Since the UN Charter was signed in June 1945 and entered into force on October 24, 1945, the worldwide body has continued to conduct extraordinary services through its many agencies toward the continuity of the human race.

I will have no criticisms of the UN today. Rather, I wish to highlight some of the work being done by the devoted workers at the international agency: It provides food and assistance to 80 million people in 80 countries; supplies vaccines to 45 percent of the world's children; assists and protects more than 65 million people fleeing war, famine and persecution; works with 195 nations to hold the rise in global temperature below 3.6 F;  keeps peace with 117,000 peacekeepers in 15 operations on four continents; combats extreme poverty to improving the lives of one billion people; protects and promotes human rights worldwide; coordinates a $23.5 billion appeal for humanitarian needs of more than 101 million people; assists 67 countries-a-year with their elections and supports maternal heal aiding more than one million women a month overcome pregnancy risks. Source (www.un.org).

So today, we tip our hats to the United Nations and we should continue to support this great intergovernmental institution in its service to all of humanity especial toward the protection of human rights in a growing time of fear, hatred and the erosion of human rights and restraints upon freedom of speech and expression. Happy Birthday UN!