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24 October 1984 > 6 7


Statement by Mr Hayden on United Nations Day

24 October 1984

The Minister for Foreign A ffa irs , Mr B ill Hayden MR, said

that Australia had special cause to mark United Nations Day this

year. Australia had just been elected to a two-year term on the

Security Council, having received a record number of votes. This

demonstrated international confidence in Australia among members of

the United Nations.

United Nations Day commemorates the entry into force, 39

years ago, of the Charter of the United Nations. The signing of the

Charter in San Francisco in 1945 was a sign ificant event in post-war

history, signalling the establishment of international machinery

designed to enable nations to unite and work together for global peace

and progress.

Mr Hayden reaffirmed the Australian Government's commitment

to the principles of the United Nations Charter: peaceful settlement

of disputes, promotion of respect for human rights and fundamental

freedoms, and the economic and social advancement of a l l peoples.

Mr Hayden said that A ustralia's readiness to serve on the

Council reflected its commitment to the United Nations, its willingness

to undertake the obligations of membership of the Council and a

b e lie f that Australia could make a worthwhile contribution to the

important work of the Council.

Mr Hayden called for a recommitment by a l l member nations

to the Charter of the United Nations and to its high ideals.