Pakistan Council on China

United Nations: Challenges for Peace, Security and Development Inaugural Address

By: Mr. Inam ul Haque.


Chairman Board of Governors ISSI, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood,

Mr. Director General ISSI, Ambassador Masood Khan,

Ambassador Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan

Resident Representative UNHCR, Mr. Indrika  Ratwatte,

Distinguished participants,

The United Nations is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. Three score and ten is said to be the normal age-span vouchsafed to man. Now that the United Nations has achieved this age, this could be regarded as an appropriate moment to assess whether the Organisation has lived up to the hopes and expectations that mankind had placed in it at its establishment.

However, as we sit in judgement on the United Nations we must not lose sight of the fact that the United Nations is the voluntary association of countries. By joining the Organisation the member states have pledged to abide by the UN Charter and to uphold the Purposes and Principles spelt out in Articles one and two of the document.

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