Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, as the Charter was signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945, and came into force on October 24, 1945; and,
WHEREAS, for 75 years, the United Nations, born from the rubble and devastation of World War II, has provided a forum for international cooperation and diplomacy and has been a beacon of light for multilateralism, international peace and security, economic and social well-being, and human rights for all; and,
WHEREAS, the active participation of global civil society, governments, and world leaders is an essential component for the continued success and strength of the United Nations and the collective fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, as approved unanimously by Member States; and,
WHEREAS, the United Nations has remained an indispensable partner for the United States to protect our national security and economic, environmental, and foreign policy interests, as well as to promote our nation's historic shared values; and,
WHEREAS, the United Nations has declared the theme of this year’s commemoration to be "2020 and Beyond: Shaping Our Future Together" and has encouraged people in all countries to join the largest global conversation about visions for the future; and,
WHEREAS, during this day, it is important to:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2020, as United Nations Day in Michigan.