CHICAGO- Lt. Governor Pat Quinn helped celebrate “United Nations Day” today by supporting their theme of building bridges of respect through understanding and by taking the “Pledge of Respect” confirming his commitment to issues of diversity.
“Illinois is a strong, unique and innovative state as a result of the various beliefs and principles of our different cultures. Today serves as an important reminder to all of us of how essential diversity is in the makeup not only of Illinois, but also of the United States,” Quinn stated at today’s juncture.
Quinn was joined on stage by Consul Generals James Lynch of Canada, Xu Jinzhong of China, Mitsuo Sakaba of Japan, Kyo-ho Choo of Korea, Efrain Saavedra Barrera of Peru, Isannia Delgado of Venezuala, and Hon. Maddi Amill from the Government of Puerto Rico. Also joining the Lt. Governor on stage was George Bansa representing Ghana, Hilda Williams representing Native Americans, Bruno Hernandez representing Mexico, and Oleh Shevch representing Ukraine. Quinn, the consul generals and the representatives all spoke of the significance of United Nations Day and the positive achievements brought about by diversity in their respective countries.
Throughout the day visitors were able to participate in this celebration by signing the “Pledge of Respect” which will be presented to the UN as Illinois’ support and commitment to issues concerning multi- cultural literacy. There were also cultural displays from 20-25 consulates in the Thompson Center atrium. Participants displayed and distributed non-political materials from their native countries. In addition, several civic and community organizations were represented as well.
United Nations Day is always October 24th because it marks the anniversary of the organization’s Charter coming into force in 1945.