Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Founded in 1945, the United Nations’ central role is to promote peace and security, development and human rights around the world, and is vital now more than ever; and

Whereas In September 2000, 189 nations, including the United States, agreed upon eight Millennium Development Goals to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The eighth Millennium Development Goal seeks to build an international partnership for development in the world's poorest countries; and

Whereas The Goal calls on the nations of the world to develop a framework for trade and finance that is open, rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. It further commits developed nations to the principles of official development assistance, and debt relief, and emphasizes the importance of expanding access to technology, medicines and jobs; and

Whereas The United States has commitment to the eighth Millennium Development Goal through foreign aid, progressive trade promises, and generous debt relief measures; and

Whereas The Governor’s appointed Massachusetts UN Day Chair and the local UNA-USA members and community leaders will organize events and activities to educate citizens about the continuing need for the United Nations, and the importance of undertaking efforts on the local and international level to promote global cooperative initiatives toward a more healthy and sustainable world,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 24th, 2011 to be,

United Nations Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twentieth day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


By His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick        
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts