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On UN Day, Ban Celebrates Organization’s Continuing Commitment for a Better WorldBan Ki-moon: “At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized & vulnerable.
On United Nations Day, I call on Governments & individuals to work in common cause for the common good.” To mark the occasion, there will be a special concert featuring world-renowned concert pianist, Lang Lang, 16-time Grammy Award Winner – Sting, & youth musicians from acclaimed El Sistema programme at UN Headquarters, NYC.



60,000 Global Citizens at New York City’s Central Park rock with UNSG Ban Ki-moon, Jay-Z, No Doubt, & Carrie Underwood to making a better world that can end extreme poverty.

UN Chief Teams W/ Global Leaders & Celebrities to Get All Children into School by 2015

Emergency Coalition convened by UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown – calls for 4 zeroes: zero child marriage; zero child labour; zero discrimination against girls; & zero exclusion from education & includes celebrities Shakira, Jude Law, Goldie Hawn, & CNN I anchor – Isha Sesay.

Valuing Natural Resources Critical to Africa's 'Green Economy' Growth - UN

An inclusive green economy has potential to improve human well-being & social equity, significantly reducing environmental risks & ecological scarcities,” UNEP told political leaders & actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founding Chair of R20 Initiative.

Agriculture – Engine of Growth To Eradicating Hunger in Africa

Graziano da Silva, Dr. Gen. of FAO, said: “There is no inclusive & sustainable way forward for Africa without women, youth & agriculture.” “The 21st Century is Africa’s Century, & it starts with ending hunger.”

On Universal Children's Day, UN Says Violence Against Young Hobbles Development

Violence against children does more than harm individual children, it undermines fabric of society, affecting productivity, well-being, & prosperity. No society can afford to ignore violence against children.

Heed Call of Marginalized, End Discrimination - UN Urges on Poverty Eradication Day

UNSG Ban Ki-moon: “We need to do more to listen & act for those whose voices often go unheard – people living in poverty, & in particular among them indigenous people, older persons & those living with disabilities, the unemployed, migrants & minorities.”

United Nations Day, October 24th, commemorates that day sixty-seven years ago when in 1945 the UN Charter took effect. October 24 also marks another significant milestone –  World Polio Day and the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk, a virologist, who invented the polio vaccine in 1955. Today we celebrate a 99% worldwide reduction of this debilitating disease.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls on the global citizen and world community to make a “Pledge to Create One Human Family to Create a Better World for all.” Ban Ki-moon notes the progress achieved by a 50% extreme poverty reduction since 2000, increased country democratic transitions, and developing world economic growth. Secretary General comments: “Now is the time to raise our collective ambitions. With the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, we must intensify our efforts to reach all of these lifesaving targets. We must prepare a bold and practical post-2015 development agenda. And we must continue to combat intolerance, save people caught in conflicts and establish lasting peace.”

In 2000, at a UN summit, world leaders agreed on targets to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Poverty Alleviation, Education, Gender Equality, Child and Maternal Health, Environmental Stability, HIV/AIDS Reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development’. With the 2015  deadline to achieve these targets looming,  much work needs to be done.

Regarding polio eradication, the World Health Organization calls on political will and greater efforts to be catalyzed  to eliminate this disease still endemic in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  WHO is supporting these countries to implement national emergency action plans to increase polio vaccination coverage among children under five years of age, but more donor governments are needed, more funding, and more education.

UN News Centre Sources

“We have all the necessary tools to eradicate this disease, so now there is the question of political and societal will to make sure that the emergency plans are fully implemented and that they are fully financed,” said the spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Oliver Rosenbauer, on the occasion of World Polio Day – the first since India was removed from WHO’s list of countries with active transmission of wild poliovirus.

Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, and stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.

“We have seen time and time again that this is a virus which spreads to polio free areas and causes devastating outbreaks,” Mr. Rosenbauer said. “If we don’t finish the job now we could see within the next decade 200,000 new cases every single year all over the world. Given that we are under two hundred cases now, we consider this a true humanitarian catastrophe that has to be averted at all costs.”
According to WHO, more than 4,000 people have been deployed to assist the three endemic countries, supporting vaccination campaigns through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In Nigeria, traditional leaders are taking part in selection of vaccinators; in Afghanistan, permanent vaccination teams operate in insecure parts to ensure children are vaccinated regardless of who controls the area; and, in Pakistan, every district is being made accountable for reaching every child in the area with a vaccine. In addition, a single focal point – known as a polio ‘tsar’– reports on the country’s progress to the head of State in all three countries.

In a statement, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, said World Polio Day is both a reason to celebrate the recent progress as well as a reminder that there is still work to be done to eliminate the disease once and for all.

“There is much to celebrate. Fewer children than ever before suffer the debilitating effects of this cruel disease,” he said. “We can see before us the finish line: the eradication of polio. But World Polio Day is also a sobering reminder that, as in many long distance races, the last mile is the hardest one.” Mr. Lake added that the world must concentrate its efforts in reaching children that are most at risk: children with disabilities, living in extreme poverty and in conflict zones in remote areas.

“We have come so far together in the fight to end polio. We have the means to finish the job,” he said. “We can make history. Or we can fail to seize the moment. Lest history judge us harshly, let a polio-free world be our legacy to the next generation of children.”  

A brilliant call to the global citizen to “Create One Human Family to Create a Better World for All.”

Susan Sacirbey

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