Today, the United Nations is at the center of efforts for cooperative action, for advancing human dignity, and for the creation of a world community.
Conflict resolution, human rights and a higher standard of living in larger freedom – the three pillars of the UN- are advancing together with equal strength.
The challenge to the United Nations is to create resilient, responsive organizational structures which nourish the human spirit.
Cooperative ventures of all sizes are on the increase. Non-governmental organizations, such as the Association of World Citizens, play an increasingly important role in this common world effort.
In the final analysis, the UN is an ethical force. We must stand for the principles laid down in the UN Charter, in international and humanitarian law, and for that humanitarian imperative which is based on fundamental requirements of human decency. Thus, the effectiveness of international cooperation through the UN is fundamentally a question of the respect for its moral and ethical force.