Message of Secretary for Foreign Affairs Enrique A. Manalo On the Occasion of the United Nations Day 2022

Seventy-seven years ago, the Philippines joined 50 other countries to establish the United Nations, an organization born out of humanity’s collective desire to overcome conflict, crisis, and catastrophe after the Second World War.

Today – in the face of global challenges, such as climate change and food insecurity, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing geopolitical conflicts and tensions – the need to build a more peaceful, united, and prosperous world remains.

As President Ferdinand R. Marcos stated recently at the United Nations General Assembly, “We need the United Nations to continue to work. And we, the Philippines, are determined to be part of that solution.”

Throughout the years, the Philippines has been an active member and staunch advocate for the values and ideals of the United Nations.

We have always stood up for sovereign equality of states, peaceful resolution of disputes, equal rights of women and men, inclusive social development, the rule of law, and justice for all.

Today, the Philippines plays a constructive role in the United Nations as a bridge-builder and champion of vulnerable groups, such as children and migrants, and developing countries’ interests.

The many challenges that confront the world community today present opportunities to forge stronger international cooperation to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Against this backdrop, the Philippines reaffirms its commitment to uphold the principles upon which the United Nations was founded, forging cordial ties with the members of the community of nations, and strengthening partnerships to realize our national and collective aspiration of peace, security, and development for all peoples.

On this occasion of our commemoration of UN Day, we uphold the important place of the United Nations in these efforts and commit to advancing its role in ensuring a better, safer, and more sustainable future.

Happy UN Day!