Oct. 24 is United Nations Day. I would like to call attention to the essential role that such an institution plays in our world community. Besides all of the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations, today’s world is ever in need of collaborative discussion and negotiation. Even though it took several efforts to get the UN established (consider the League of Nations) such a worldwide collaborative body was necessary and inevitable.
As we realize our commonality as citizens of planet earth we need to negotiate common concerns of world peace, human rights, and environmental stewardship. We are no longer isolated communities, or even isolated nations. We are a world community and what each local group of people does affects our entire globe in one way or other. Our current effects of climate change are just beginning to awaken our whole globe to its seriousness.
Some of the effects we can do as a country are to pay our proportionate dues, give more serious consideration to such UN documents as the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Agenda 21 document for environmental sustainability, and appoint notable representatives such as former President Jimmy Carter. We need to show the world our collaborative seriousness by upgrading our own participation.
– Wayne Quade, Montrose