Saturday, October 24, 2015

let there be trust in sky blue

Friday, the United Nations General Assembly marked the 70th anniversary of the UN with a declaration reaffirming the faith of the 193 member states that the U.N. charter unites all member states “in diversity beyond our differences of language, culture or religion, today as 70 years ago.” Around the world, over 200 landmarks were lit in UN blue.

The secretary-general told the assembly that the U.N., over seven decades, has brought “freedom to millions, dismantling colonialism, defeating apartheid and defending human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.” Inasmuch as that remains mere ideal, that is unassailably the ideal that matters.

Philosophy is ultimately in service to the Project of Humanity. Habermas's career is about that: development for the sake of the human interest. And a hallmark of his career has been to see the UN be effective.

Paradigmatically, UN potential for effectiveness is expressed by the recent “UN Sustainability Goals.”

I think that We make the UN work by making our own regions deserving of our trust that local government will sustain fidelity to such global goals.