On Wednesday Oct 24, Norwalk Community College’’s annual United Nations day was celebrated in the PepsiCo Theater on the east campus, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. A couple of speakers were present to commemorate the United Nations during their day.
The introduction was done by Bill Hass volunteer for the U.N Staff Commitee. He read the U.N. day proclamations issued by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon.
The main speaker was Minh-Thu Pham who discussed ”Syria, The Role of the U.N. and the Arab Spring”, as well as our role as citizens.
“We have to look at what our leaders do with a clear eye”, said Minh-Thu Pham policy maker at the U.N. association. Pham has also functioned as Chief of Staff for the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria.
She then went on to say;
“The U.N. is only as strong as you make it. It’s a critical tool in the US foreign policy toolbox. The U.N. helps make the U.S. safer”, Pham said.
The U.N. serves many roles in the world today. They have influence not only in the countries involved, but on a global scale as well.
“The U.N. aside from peacekeeping tries to address problems without borders including environment, drug control, and organized crime. All of this was part of a big action plan in 1988”. said Hass who served on the U.N. Staff Committee.
As issues are always transpiring, people should to stay informed about global news, Pham said. She also spoke about the importance of staying connected.
“Educate yourselves. Spend 5 minutes or so looking at international headlines and find out what’s going on around the world”. Pham said.
“It’s the balance of power and the U.N. is the aid maintaining such balances,” said Chris Michalski, an NCC student, “However, I feel the whole structure of the UN is wrong and does not have an interest in what the people want. This is what we need to change”.
The U.N. was founded on Oct 24 1945, they claimed their power once the nations who were members of the Security Council sanctioned the treaty that was made that year. These nations were France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.
This day has been marked as United Nations Day a public observance, not a holiday. It exists to look upon and acknowledge the work of the United Nations as well as its coinciding agencies.
Some of the U.N.’s work includes the U.N. Environment Program and The U.N. Population Fund, which is a fund helping to achieve sustainable development.