Address of UN Resident Coordinator on the occasion of the UN Day

24 Oct 2013

Welcoming Address of UN Resident Coordinator  and UNDP Resident Representative Alessandra Tisot on the occasion of the United Nations Day

A warm welcome to all of you and a grateful THANK YOU for accepting our invitation to the celebration of the UN Day 2013.

WE, the UN family in Ukraine, believe the day marks the celebration of the ideals and values that brought us together as the United Nations.

The ‘values’ of HUMAN security, of HUMAN rights and HUMAN development with “THE PEOPLE”  at the center of our philosophy, actions and passions.

Ideals of social justice, inclusiveness and equity continue to move our hearts and minds to find solutions to problems and to work together towards peace, better standards of life and to give people a voice when this simple act of justice is denied.

At the outset, therefore, let me pay tribute to those brilliant minds who shaped the United Nations as an institution and allow me to bring you back in time for a moment.

On 6 May 1945, a Douglas DC-4 landed in San Francisco Municipal Airport. Little did the passengers know, they were about to witness the dawn of a new era in history and that they themselves would shape that era.

Volodymyr Bondarchuk, the then rector of the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University and Mykola Petrovsky, the director of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine would disembark the plane to become the co-authors of the UN General Assembly mandate.

Oleksandr Palladin, the Vice President of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine would contribute to the setting of principles of United Nations membership.

Ivan Senin, the Deputy Head of the Council of People’s Commissars would share his vision of the mandate of the UN Security Council.

Petro Pohrebniak, Secretary of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine would co-author the Charter of the International Court of Justice. 

Dmytro Manuilsky, the then ‘Minister’ of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, would go down in history as the chair of First Committee tasked with drafting the preamble and principles of the UN Charter, the very same principles which govern our world today.

Thank you Ukraine for lending us the leadership and the minds which enabled the shaping of the Charter, with the famous preamble: “We the People of the UNITED NATIONS”.

Beautiful indeed!

We are also here today to thank Malala Yousafzai, who is inspiring a generation telling us all to ‘swap’ our guns for pens. To Lionel Messi who shows us we speak so many universal languages including the language of sport. To Ivan Marchuk who shows that we are all connected spiritually through art.

We mention these contemporary examples in an appeal to reinforce the belief that the concept, the spirit, the ideal of the United Nations is still so important NOW, TODAY with the complexities and the challenges we face but also with the tremendous opportunities to modernize and transform, to be inspired to do better.

In a world that is more connected, we must be MORE UNITED! Says the Secretary General in his today’s message to the world

Today, we also encourage you to take time, during the reception to share your views about how should the ideal of “social progress for all ” take shape and be reingivorated, we need to do more, with more passion and conviction and with the longsighted view to take decisions NOW for a better world in the FUTURE, a more sustainable WORLD, Planet, HEARTS and MINDS filled with the UNDERSTANDING of the WHY we need to do better.

Let me also tell you that the UN Team you see here today are passionate to work professionally in support of the transformation of Ukraine and  will continue to deliver on the expectations Ukraine had when composing that beautiful poem which is the Charter of the UN…WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UN….

Enjoy and continue to cheer for the ideas which MOVE the world!