2015-10-28 / Editorials

Uniting The Worlds Nations

The 70th anniversary of the United Nations was on October 24, 1945, when its signed charter went into effect, and events to celebrate it have already started, including one this past Saturday at the Queens Museum, its original headquarters. The museum is housed in the New York City Building, which was built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and later hosted the United Nations General Assembly from 1946 to 1950. Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is centrally located, facing the Unisphere, another famous surviving feature from the World’s Fair. It seems an appropriate setting for the beginning of the UN, which has as its goal the promotion of international cooperation for humanitarian efforts and peaceful resolution of conflicts, determined by a gathering of all nations as equals, as in King Arthur’s vision of Camelot, with the Knights of the Round Table. Where the strong do not bully the weak with impunity, and all band together to help those in trouble. It is a fine mission and one we should never abandon.

As the original site, Queens could not be more appropriate, as it embodies the ideals the UN was conceived to promote. Where else on Earth do you have a county as diverse as Queens? (Nowhere else!) Every culture, race, creed, and ethnicity manages to coexist and, we daresay, cooperate here. Perhaps it is the air we breathe – or as we often say – it must be the cuisine. It is hard to stay mad at anyone else’s culture with a belly full of delicious food at that round table – “Good Food, Good Mood,” that’s our motto!

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