Baird Addresses United Nations General Assembly

Baird Addresses United Nations General Assembly

September 30, 2013 - New York City - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird delivers Canada’s address to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Baird told the Assembly:

“As Cicero observed, ‘We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.’

“Animated by the same spirit of community, the Charter of the United Nations declares that our goals include ‘to live together,’ to be ‘neighbours,’ and ‘to unite.’

“The very first words of the UN Charter make clear that this organization is a body of, by and for human beings.

“It begins, ‘We the peoples of the United Nations.’

“Not ‘We the countries.’

“Or ‘We the governments.’

“Not ‘We the political leaders.

“‘We the peoples.’

“An important reminder of why and on whose behalf we are here.”

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