Today is the 63rd Aniversary of the creation of the UN! I have the unique opportunity to celebrate UN Day with a day off work. My employer gives us a day off today instead of on Christopher Columbus Day, which every organization should consider doing.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the FDR Memorial and tour the maze of beautiful waterfalls and powerful quotes. Toward the end of the memorial, there is a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt with this quote beside it: "The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation, it must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world." Eleanor lived out her belief in cooperation by serving as US Ambassador to the UN for many years. She also was elected head of the UN Commission on Human Rights and helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the most important documents ever written.
It is sad to me that despite the United States' key role in creating the UN, we have recently undermined it's authority and failed to pay our share to make it effective.