My interest in and admiration of the work done by the United Nations goes back to 1945 when nations gathered together in San Francisco in hopes of establishing a worldwide peace-keeping organization. I was only 10 years old then, but like other children my age, I was shocked by the destruction done by World War II and knew that we had to find a way to build a better, safer world.
Much has been accomplished by the United Nations. For example, Google the United Nations Specialized Agencies to find out just how they contribute to world peace.
- The International Maritime Organization sets safety standards for ports and maritime facilities and leads efforts to prevent maritime pollution.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization fights hunger worldwide by promoting sustainable agricultural development.
- The International Civil Aviation Organization enables safe air travel everywhere by setting global standards for navigation, communication and airline safety.
These are only three of the many special agencies, and the U.N. works in many other fields as well.
I urge you to encourage Congress and the administration to continue doing our part to fund the United Nations. You may also want to get involved with the United Nations Northern Association of the U.S., Northern Colorado Chapter.
Melissa Esposti, the director of Global Health Grants for Project C.U.R.E., a nonprofit that delivers health care supplies to developing countries, was the their guest speaker on January 21, telling about her experiences at the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly last fall.
Carol Rush, Loveland