UN achievements "are remarkable," British Queen says

08:19, July 07, 2010      

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said on Tuesday that "the achievements of the United Nations are remarkable."

The 84-year-old British monarch made the statement in addressing the UN General Assembly for the second time in her reign. She made first speech at the General Assembly in 1957, when the UN was all of 12 years old, and when she was a mere four years into her long reign as queen.

"The achievements of the United Nations are remarkable," she said. "When I was first here, there were just three United Nations operations overseas."

"Now over 120,000 men and women are deployed in 26 missions across the world," she said. "You have helped to reduce conflict, you have offered humanitarian assistance to millions of people affected by natural disasters and other emergencies, and you have been deeply committed to tackling the effects of poverty in many parts of the world."

"But so much remains to be done," she said in her speech, which lasted about seven minutes.

"This September, leaders will meet to agree how to achieve the Millennium Development Goals when each nation will have its own distinctive contribution to make. New challenges have also emerged which have tested this organization, as much of its member states, " she said. "One such is the struggle against terrorism. Another challenge is climate change."

"While careful account must be taken of the risks faced by smaller, more vulnerable nations, many of them from the commonwealth," she said.

"I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together," she said.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were greeted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly Ali Treki and their wives upon her arrival at the UN Headquarters in New York.

In a statement to welcome the queen, Treki said, "We, in the United Nations, are focused on making the world a better place."

For his part, Ban said in a separate statement to welcome the monarch, "Your majesty, you visited this chamber when the United Nations was still young."

After her speech, the queen met privately with members of the 15-nation UN Security Council and UN diplomats. Afterwards, she will visit the site of the World Trade Center, laying a wreath in tribute to the thousands who died in the Sept. 11 attack, including 67 Britons.

The queen arrived in New York for a five-hour visit at the end of her nine-day Canada tour.

Source: Xinhua


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