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Delivered by Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

24 October 2022


Dear colleagues and friends,

We are pleased that you can join us for our observance of United Nations Day 2022.

The United Nations Charter, which came into force on this day in 1945, lays out the major principles of international relations, and its purposes guide our work even today.

One of those purposes is to “achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character.”

We need this unified action now more than ever. Countries are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic under great economic distress due to many factors, including the war in Ukraine and its broader consequences.

We are also watching the cost of food and energy go up and up while natural disasters are occurring more frequently and severely.

Meanwhile, the climate crisis looms large over us.

We at the United Nations are proud to do our part in climate change. Colleagues from around Asia and the Pacific are greening their environments and taking steps to minimize their carbon footprint.

These actions, when added together, do make a big and lasting difference in our efforts to slow climate change.

We hope you can join us today in doing something that embodies the spirit of cooperation, the spirit of the United Nations.

Happy UN Day!

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