PH salutes UN as ‘beacon of hope’
MALACAÑANG expressed its gratitude to the United Nations for all its support as the world body celebrated United Nations Day on Saturday.
“We commemorate United Nations Day as a time when individual governments have agreed that an international body must be established to ensure the primacy of diplomacy, however, complicated the international arena may be,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said over dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan.
“Now, more than ever, the significance of United Nations cannot be overemphasized as governments continue to resort to the UN and its various agencies for the promotion of peace, health, and development.”
Valte commended the United Nations as it continues to function as a beacon of hope and a voice of reason in the international stage.
The Palace official also thanked the United Nations for its assistance to the country in times of need, along with the international community.
In aftermath of Typhoon ‘‘Yolanda’’ in 2013, the United Nations was one of the first organizations to commit assistance to victims of the calamity, Valte said.
Oct. 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by member-states as a public holiday.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
For this year, several famous landmarks will be lit in blue to celebrate UN Day.
The landmarks that have joined the campaign include the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Empire State Building in New York, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy and Russia’s Hermitage Museum.
The Philippines is one of the signatories of the 1945 United Nations charter and is one of only four Asian nations who joined the charter. Carlos P. Romulo became the first permanent representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.
The Philippines is an active supporter of the United Nations’ peacekeeping and humanitarian development programs. In a report released by the United Nations in January 2013, the Philippines is the 30th largest contributor of peacekeepers with 730 Filipinos rendering service to the mission.
The Philippines first contributed to the world body’s peacekeeping operations when its air force sent a squadron to support the United Nations Operation in the Congo in 1963. The Philippines signed an arrangement of standby forces for peacekeeping operations with the United Nations in October 2008.
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