ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan attaches the highest importance to the United Nations and has been an active member of the world body since September 30, 1947.

“We have participated constructively in all areas of UN’s endeavour and discourse. Pakistan’s contributions are evidence of its abiding faith in the spirit of multilateralism on which the UN was founded upon,” the president said in his message on the occasion of United Nations Day.

He said the United Nations Day on October 24 marks the entry into force of the Charter of the United Nations in 1945. He said on this 67th foundation day, people of the world reaffirm their commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter. In the Charter, the president added, the founding members expressed their determination to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” The United Nations was based on the principles of sovereign equality and peaceful settlement of international disputes, the president said in his message. 

“This is a day to renew our commitment to the ideals of peace and security, advancement of justice, international cooperation for solving economic and social problems and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Zardari said.

He said that the day reminds us that the United Nations symbolises optimism for multilateral cooperation in the fields of security, development, and justice. The UN promotes universal values of tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity, he added.

“We are heartened to see that under the inspiring leadership of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations is striving hard to fulfil its mandate. Today, there is greater understanding of the multifarious functions performed by the UN as well as the realization that this universal body cannot be replaced by restricted groupings.”

The president said the remarkable achievements of the UN in diverse fields also indicate the serious challenges faced by the organisation, adding that the number of people living below the poverty line around the world and the number of countries lagging behind in terms of meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reflect the nature of problems confronted by the UN.

He said climate change, HIV AIDS, human deprivation, and conflicts keep on reminding the international community that it needs to strengthen its resolve for the eradication of poverty, disease, deprivation, and violence.