Proclamation 5717 -- United Nations Day, 1987
the President of the
United Nations Day is an opportunity for us to reemphasize the principles upon which the United Nations was founded. The framers of the United Nations Charter envisioned a world where nations live together in freedom, justice, and peace, a world with universal and reciprocal respect for human rights and human dignity.
United Nations General Assembly took a historic first step last year by
adopting reforms aimed at strengthening the organization's effectiveness and
efficiency. The ideals of the United Nations are important to the
are pleased that reform efforts are extending to the specialized and technical
agencies of the United Nations. These agencies are not well-known, but do
affect us directly and on a daily basis. For instance, the Weather Watch of the
World Meteorological Organization helps us know when and where storms will hit
American cities. The International Maritime Organization and International
Civil Aviation Organization work for safety on the seas and in the skies for
American travelers. The Food and Agricultural Organization saves
One of the youngest specialized agencies, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), was established to mobilize financial resources and make them available for agricultural projects specifically designed to improve food production systems in the poorest food-deficient regions of the world. In just 10 years, IFAD has financed more than 200 projects in developing countries that, when fully implemented, will boost food production by more than 22 million tons a year.
Our world -- every nation, every people, every individual -- can know the blessings of peace and see the light of freedom and justice in the future if we have the courage to build on the hope of the past -- the hope upon which the United Nations was built.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
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Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 2.