Forty years ago, the world witnessed the laying of the foundation- stone for a new edifice of international cooperation. The four decades . . . since then have seen the structure both grow in size and gain increased relevance to the demands of our age.
Through all the storms and upheavals of this period, the United Nations has come to encompass almost all the peoples of the world and their concerns. . . . By laying down the norms of international behaviors and by defining what needs to be done in concrete situations, it has delineated the road to peace. . . .
Prior to the existence of the United Nations, the world community was nothing more than a concept. With the establishment of the world organization it has become a reality. A giant step has thus been taken in humanity's political evolution.
But its full significance can be realized only when states no longer resort to the threat or use of force in their relations with one another, when a just and rational code of conduct compels their unswerving allegiance, when the human race is released from the fear of nuclear annihilation, and when large parts of the world are no longer consigned to the despair of poverty and ignorance.
This is a gigantic vision, but what was a vision and a dream in former times has now become a necessity, if ordered human society is to survive. . . . The struggle for peace, justice and human dignity that is waged here . . . is very much the struggle of all the people of the world. Their support for it can make the difference between repeated setbacks and growing success.