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United Nations Day, October 24th, 1959



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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

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UNITED NATIONS DAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 1959

Statement by the Acting Minister for External Affairs.

The Acting Minister for External Affairs, Sir Garfield

Berwick, said today that October 24' was the 14th anniversary of

the coming into force of the United Nations Charter. .

In these 14 years the United Nations has grown from

51 to 82 members. Many of these 31 additional Member States have

come into existence since the United Nations was founded. They

include the new nations of Africa and Asia, some of them our partners

in the Commonwealth, such as India, Pakistan, Ceylon and Ghana.

The United Nations has brought these young States into

contact with the older - and if not wiser, at least more worldly-wise -

nations, giving both a broader and more balanced view of their own

problems, and of the problems of other parts of the world we all must

live in.

As in the family, so in the international community the

process of growing up is nowadays a rapid one. The United Nations

has done and is doing much to smoothe the path of these developing

States to social maturity and economic prosperity.

It is the concern of the Australian representatives in the

United Nations to see that the advance of the new States to national

fulfillment is assisted in eveyr way possible. Our own history is

close enough to make our understanding of their problems a reality.

Increasingly the nations of the world, young and old, are

learning that, whatever their differences, they are all part of the

one human family with the same basic needs; and that each will best

reach its own goal by co-operating with others through the United Nations

in reaching the common goal of all-peace,security and universal well-being.