Proclamation: United Nations Day, 2000 (10/24/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                October 24, 2000

                         UNITED NATIONS DAY, 2000

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                              A PROCLAMATION

   Fifty-five years ago, the United States played a leading role in
founding the United Nations, and the treaty creating the U.N. was signed in
San Francisco.  Today, we are proud to serve as host country for the United
Nations, whose headquarters in New York City stands as an enduring symbol
of the promise of international peace and cooperation.

   The United States remains fully committed to the principles of the
United Nations Charter, and we support efforts to make the U.N. a more
effective tool to meet the challenges of our changing world.  Many of those
challenges -- poverty, disease, ethnic violence, and regional conflict --
recognize no borders and can only be addressed by nations working together
with shared resources and common goals.  The United Nations is uniquely
positioned to facilitate such collaborative efforts.

   Today, more than half the world's people live under governments of their
own choosing, an achievement that reflects the role the U.N. has played as
a steadfast peacemaker and staunch advocate of international human rights.
But three-fourths of those people live in developing countries, and more
than a billion of them live in abject poverty.  Through agencies such as
the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the U.N. is working to
address this gap between the world's richest and poorest countries by
supporting comprehensive debt relief and providing billions of dollars in
loans and grants to developing nations for projects that promote health,
nutrition, education, entrepreneurship, and civil society.

   While the devastating world wars of the 20th century are now a part of
history, ethnic and regional conflicts continue to threaten global
stability and contribute to human misery. Millions of innocent people have
lost their lives in such conflicts, and millions of families have been
driven from their homelands to seek refuge in neighboring nations.  Through
its international diplomacy efforts, peacekeeping operations, and
humanitarian assistance, the United Nations serves as a beacon of hope for
countries torn apart by ethnic, religious, or regional strife.

   In September of this year, the leaders of 189 countries came together in
New York at the United Nations Millennium Summit.  This unprecedented
gathering of international leaders reaffirmed that the importance of the
U.N.?s mission is undiminished after more than 5 decades of extraordinary
challenge and global change.

   As we observe United Nations Day this year, let us celebrate the spirit
of international cooperation and dedication to peace enshrined in the U.N.
Charter.  For 55 years, the United Nations has led the world in addressing
international security problems and promoting human rights and human
dignity.  Today we reaffirm our commitment to this vital institution and
pledge to work with other member nations to ensure that the U.N. is
equipped with the resources it needs to remain a powerful instrument of the
international community and an effective force for the common good.

   NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2000, as United
Nations Day.  I encourage all Americans to educate themselves about the
activities and accomplishments of the United Nations and to observe this
day with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities devoted to
enhancing international cooperation.

   IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-fourth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and

                            WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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