Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2012 No. 3
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Opening Statement at the General Debate of the
UN General Assembly

Within the United Nations is the germ and the seed of a great international and meditating, reflective group—a group of thinking and informed men and women in whose hands lies the destiny of humanity. This is largely under the control of many fourth ray disciples, if you could but realise it, and their point of meditative focus is the intuitional or buddhic plane.1

H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, President, General Assembly of the United Nations2

The General Assembly has been defined as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations.  It is the most august body of sovereign states ever conceived by mankind—a grand pantheon of hope for the peoples of the world.  Its founding compact, the UN Charter, was written so that every one of the Member States could observe the same rules and adhere to the same principles.  Established as a result of the historic victory over fascism, its purpose was clear: to set up—for the first time in history—a workable international system that aspires to justice, pledging not only equal rights to all nations, but ensuring their equal dignity as well.

“This is not merely a political organization,” said the President of the 2nd session of the General Assembly, Brazil’s Oswaldo Aranha. “It is not a simple covenant between nations,” he added, “but an undertaking in human thought and sentiment. From here,” he concluded, “emanates...a faith that the peoples of the earth may learn to know and trust each other in the full understanding of a common destiny.” 

The geopolitical landscape of our time is unlike any the world has ever seen, one of truly global interdependence.  We are beset by a series of ruptures that seem to be building in intensity.  Their effects can barely be kept in check.  The international system is at once becoming more volatile and more unpredictable.

Rarely has it been more necessary for the world to draw closer together. It is to this endeavor that I believe we should devote the full scope of our resources. This will require us to turn once more to the first principles of the Charter. In so doing, we will be able to give renewed meaning to the original intent of our founders.

Those who drafted the UN Charter understood that when nations feel secure, they are much more likely to unclench their fists and give the process of peacefully settling disputes a genuine chance to succeed.

In order to do so, it will be critically important to reinforce the universal adherence to accepted principles and rules, implemented without partiality or favor.  Lack of clarity or selective enforcement, on the other hand, can quickly erode the basis for trust.  This can easily lead to a situation in which nothing more than lip service is paid to the principles, and the rules lose virtually all meaning.

Such a scenario is clearly not in the interest of this Organization....A solution to an international problem can be legitimately achieved only upon renunciation of unilateralism; it can become truly sustainable only when its provisions are willingly accepted and fulfilled in good faith. When parties do commit to a settlement, I believe the General Assembly, coming together in consensus, can act as a moral guarantor of what has been agreed.

I invite you to share your thoughts on the peaceful resolution of disputes—a fundamental task of the United Nations.  I look forward to hearing your concrete proposals on how the mechanisms that are in place can be better utilized, and to engage with you on incorporating new ideas into the overall efforts to revitalize the General Assembly.

As has been the case since its founding, the United Nations will only be as strong as the Member States choose to make it.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “an institution is the lengthened shadow of man.”

In this era of transformation, I believe that strengthening our collective faith in the approach only this Organization can legitimately provide, is the safest course for navigating away from the many rocks and shoals in the path of establishing a genuine global partnership for the 21st century.

One of the earliest advocates of peaceful settlement of disputes was Cicero, who famously expressed the longing cedant arma togae—that arms might yield to law.  From the days of the ancients, to our own times, generations of valiant men and women have tirelessly endeavored to advance this noble cause.  The culmination of these great efforts is the United Nations Charter, our surest guide in this time of consequence.

Let us bring to bear on the problems we face a renewed spirit of cooperation, a tenacity of purpose, and a will to overcome differences.  

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1 Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, © Renewed 1983 by Lucis Trust, pp. 218-219.
Excerpted from the address, given on 25 September 2012.  The full text may be requested via the enclosed Reply Slip.  Alternatively, to read the entire transcript and view the video, please see this website: http://gadebate.un.org/67/president-67th-session-unga-opening