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Ted Turner Marks UN Day: The United Nations is the World’s Platform for Peace and Progress

On United Nations Day, UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner Highlights the Important Role of the UN

Washington, D.C.  —   October 24, 2013

United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner released the following statement to commemorate “United Nations Day,” which marks the 68th anniversary of when the UN Charter went into effect.

“The United Nations is the world’s platform for peace and progress. Born 68 years ago out of the ravages of two world wars, the UN provides a forum for dialogue, cooperation, and peace between nations.

“From the UN General Assembly Hall to on-the-ground in communities around the globe, the UN is on the front lines of urgent challenges – responding to humanitarian emergencies, fighting climate change, alleviating poverty and hunger, promoting human rights, and combating diseases.

“Today’s toughest issues know no borders, so our solutions must transcend boundaries and involve all of our world’s stakeholders. That is why the UN continues to play an indispensable role in the world: It brings together countries, citizens, and sectors to address our shared challenges.

“Strong U.S. engagement at the UN is essential to advancing America’s ideals and interests and to promoting global peace and security. Nearly 9 out of 10 voters believe it is important for the United States to maintain an active role within the UN. By supporting the work of the UN, each of us can help build a more peaceful and just world.”

In recognition of UN Day, members of the United Nations Association of the USA are hosting more than 100 events in communities around the country. To learn more, visit


About The United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit