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U.N. recognition

October 20, 2005

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To the editor:

I would like to thank Doris Dort and John Bond for encouraging the Lawrence community to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations during the week of Oct. 24. The United Nations has announced the theme of the 2005 United Nations Day as "Child Health and Survival: The Millennium Development Goals and the Most Vulnerable."

In honor of this monumental event, the Lawrence Chapter of the United Nations Assn. (USA), is providing one arena for celebration from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library. Several local organizations will be participating in the festivities, including KU UNICEF, Model U.N. at Kansas University and the U.N. Club at Free State High School. In addition, the Century School Choir will perform at 11:30 a.m.

We will be serving birthday cake and providing information about the accomplishments and goals of both local and national organizations.

We sincerely hope you can join us for all or part of the day.

Charles Fantz, president,

Lawrence Chapter of the United Nations,

Lawrence

Comments

latinlab 9 years, 9 months ago

As a reply to the comments above: The UN is only an agreement between its member nations. If it doesn't work it's because the member nations do not work. By the same token, if the Security Council doesn't work, blame it on the 5 permanent members. The UN abuse cases are the exeption to the rule. Go to www.bbc.co.uk and search for "UN helps" and you will only get a glimpse of the positive things the UN does. Go to Mozambique and see what the UN is doing, go to Kampala, Uganda and see what UNICEF is doing. Go to Bolivia and see the World Food Programme's work. There are students at KU who benefitted from UN services when they were just children in their villages.

Yes, the US has 22% stake in the UN. Do you have a better proposition? The UN itself is trying to reform that but the US and other European countries with big percentages are watering down the reforms. Again, don't blame the UN. The UN is an amazing idea, blame the US and help fix the UN.

Jamesaust 9 years, 9 months ago

Any discussion of the United Nations that does not incorporate a frank and full review of its limitations and failures dooms that discussion to irrelevance and failure. Let us cheer the U.N.'s successes and weep at its shortcomings. The world's peoples deserve better. The U.S. as the provider of 22% of the U.N.'s funding and as the indispensable nation to any successful global effort must show more leadership. A necessary precondition to that effort is resisting the 'see-no-evil' cheerleading favored by the cited individuals in this letter.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, and go to Congo to see UN failure killing hundreds of thousands; rwanda, un inaction, 100,000s die again. somalia, can't even declare it genocide. and, best of all, the feckless un can't even agree on what terrorism is! let alone, act to stop it around the world!
and, you mention the security council, please note the massive corruption rampant among french and russian officials in the Iraq Oil for food scandal where Saddam paid kickbacks to politicians, and was influencing these nations' politics!

except for WHO, and some of the Unicef, the UN is a lost cause.

oh, I forgot to mention, go to Israel, where UN monitors literally observed palestinian terrorists preparing to attack inside israel and kill innocents, and of course did NOTHING!

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