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Message on the occasion of United Nations Day

Published Monday October 24 2011

Message by Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn on the occasion of United Nations Day, 24 October 2011

On United Nations Day, which we celebrate every 24th October, we have the opportunity to reaffirm the validity and the relevance of the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter, which entered into force 66 years ago. On this day, we also reiterate our determination to work together to further our common agenda for peace, security, development and human rights.

Never before have the United Nations been so indispensable, never before have the expectations of it been so great.

As I said on the rostrum of the General Assemble on 24 September, it is our common duty to work together to further the ideals and values of our Organisation and its Charter, for a better and safer future for the coming generations.

In the name of the Luxembourg Government, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and to Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro, as well as to the innumerable women and men around the world who work for the realization of the United Nations every day, sometimes risking their own lives in doing so. These women and men give life to our Organisation and ensure its relevance.

As a founder member of the United Nations, Luxembourg will continue to base its foreign policy on a multilateral approach at the heart of which is the United Nations and to contribute to the realisation of a more just, more peaceful and more prosperous world as foreseen by the Founding Charter of our Organisation.

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