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                        Presidential Documents 


Federal Register
Vol. 59, No. 206
Wednesday, October 26, 1994

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Title 3--
The President
                Proclamation 6747 of October 20, 1994

 

United Nations Day, 1994

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                In this era of extraordinary change, it is increasingly 
                important that we honor the uplifting principles of the 
                United Nations Charter by working tirelessly to bring 
                them closer to reality. Such commitment is especially 
                appropriate as we mark the 49th anniversary of the 
                founding of the United Nations and look forward to 
                beginning its second half-century of service.

                Throughout the past year, the United Nations has not 
                wavered in its efforts to safeguard international peace 
                and security. The U.N. Special Commission in Iraq has 
                made progress toward finding and destroying weapons of 
                mass destruction and working to establish a long-term 
                monitoring mechanism. The U.N. has mobilized one of the 
                largest refugee assistance programs in history in 
                response to the humanitarian disaster in Rwanda and is 
                working to bring to justice those guilty of atrocities. 
                United Nations humanitarian relief efforts in Bosnia 
                have continued despite the most trying of 
                circumstances. The U.N. demobilization and repatriation 
                program in Mozambique has helped to end that nation's 
                long and bitter conflict.

                While much of humanity advances together toward a 
                bright future of political and economic pluralism, some 
                parts of the world remain mired in failed ideologies or 
                racked by cultural, religious, and ethnic divisions. As 
                these regions endanger international security by their 
                refugee flows and other trans-border impacts, 
                multilateral cooperation has become more important than 
                ever before.

                That cooperation is particularly vital in Africa. After 
                years of U.N. support, the people of South Africa 
                finally have eradicated the apartheid system and 
                installed a democratic and nonracial government of 
                national unity. The growing number of conflicts 
                elsewhere in Africa is in stark contrast to that 
                success. In the end, the disputing parties must solve 
                their own differences, but the U.N. continues to 
                promote reconciliation and peace in Rwanda, Burundi, 
                Somalia, Angola, Liberia, Sudan, and Mozambique.

                One of the most vital roles of the U.N. is in 
                humanitarian affairs. During the past year, the U.N. 
                High Commissioner for Human Rights has played an 
                important part in calling attention to violations of 
                international humanitarian law. The U.N. High 
                Commissioner for Refugees has worked hard to reduce the 
                suffering of those forced from their own homes by 
                strife.

                The growing number and complexity of U.N. peacekeeping 
                operations pose new challenges. In the past year, the 
                United States has worked with the U.N. to improve the 
                U.N. system's effectiveness and efficiency. The recent 
                creation of an inspector general function--the Office 
                of Internal Oversight Services--was an important step 
                toward strengthening the management of U.N. operations. 
                We look forward to the adoption of a system for 
                financing U.N. peacekeeping operations that does not 
                place undue burdens on any one nation.

                As the United States works with the U.N. to improve 
                operations, we must rededicate ourselves to promoting 
                diplomacy and crisis prevention in areas of potential 
                conflict. In this regard, the U.N. now has an 
                opportunity to build on the recent breakthroughs in the 
                Middle East peace process by providing tangible support 
                for implementing the agreements.

                The United States firmly supports the U.N. efforts to 
                meet global challenges in the area of sustainable 
                development. The U.N. has engaged in a broad spectrum 
                of activities to implement Agenda 21 and other outcomes 
                of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. The U.N. Commission on 
                Sustainable Development continues to work on global 
                health and environmental issues. In September, the U.N. 
                Conference on Population and Development in Cairo 
                addressed a comprehensive population growth strategy 
                that includes education and economic opportunity for 
                women. United Nations agencies such as the U.N. 
                Development Program, U.N. Children's Fund, World Health 
                Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization 
                continue to make significant strides in improving basic 
                health, increasing global food production, and 
                alleviating poverty for all of the peoples of the 
                Earth.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim Monday, October 24, 1994, as 
                ``United Nations Day'' and urge all Americans to 
                acquaint themselves with the activities and 
                accomplishments of the United Nations.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twentieth day of October, in the year of our Lord 
                nineteen hundred and ninety-four, and of the 
                Independence of the United States of America the two 
                hundred and nineteenth.

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