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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
95/06/06 Commemoration of the UN's 50th Anniversary
Bureau of International Organization Affairs
COMMEMORATION OF THE UN's FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY (UN50)
The Clinton Administration's primary objectives for the commemoration of
the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations are to:
-- Remind Americans of the importance of international engagement and
rekindle the spirit behind U.S. leadership in the creation of the UN;
-- Reinforce public support for the United Nations and emphasize the
benefits of the UN system; and
-- Reestablish a bipartisan consensus on multilateral cooperation.
The President will participate in two major events to commemorate the
50th Anniversary of the United Nations.
SAN FRANCISCO UN50 COMMEMORATION (June 24-26, 1995). The UN Charter was
signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945. Under the auspices of the San
Francisco UN50 Committee (SF UN50), a non-profit community organization,
commemoration activities began in late April. SF UN50 has invited the
UN Secretary General, all UN Permanent Representatives, and at least two
Permanent Observers to San Francisco on June 24 for three days of
scheduled events. The program will consist of a UN Reform panel
discussion with noted scholars at Herbst Theater, an Interfaith Service
featuring Archbishop Tutu at Grace Cathedral, a Nobel Peace Prize Forum,
and a concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Davies Symphony
Hall. The SF UN50 commemoration will be capped by a major address by
President Clinton on June 26 at the historic War Memorial Building.
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY SUMMIT (New York, October 22-24, 1995). The
celebration of the UN's fiftieth anniversary will continue in New York
at a special commemorative session of the UN General Assembly. The
President will be the first Head of State to address the UNGA Summit on
October 22. To date, 90 Heads of State have already committed to attend
the special session.
OTHER EVENTS. The National Assembly on the United States and the United
Nations will be convened in Washington D.C. August 31 - September 2 by
the United Nations Association and 80 co-sponsoring organizations. This
conference will explore how the U.S. government and citizens can advance
the national interest in building a more peaceful, democratic, and
prosperous world through U.S. leadership toward an improved UN system.
It will be among the largest of the dozens of conferences with a UN50
theme sponsored by non-governmental groups around the country this
summer and fall. A wide range of commemorative events and conferences
tied to UN50 will also be held in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. A
calendar of UN50 events worldwide is available from the United Nations
Fiftieth Anniversary Secretariat in New York.
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