Queen To Make Historic UN Address And Appeal For ‘World Peace’
She is expected to appeal for world unity and world peace when she addresses the 192-member General Assembly of the United Nations for the first time in more than half a century at the end of her summer tour of Canada.
According to senior royal sources, the Queen, who arrives in Canada tomorrow, is hopeful that her speech of 6 July will be remembered as one of the high-points of her reign.
The Queen, who will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh for her visits to Canada and New York, last addressed the UN General Assembly five years after acceding to the throne following the death of her father, George VI.
The Queen was 31 years old when she delivered that speech on October 21, 1957.
On that occasion, she said: “This Assembly was born of the endeavours of countless men and women from different nations who, over the centuries, have pursued the aims of the preservation of peace between nations, equality of justice for all before the law and the right of the peoples of the world to live their lives in freedom and security.
“The Charter of the United Nations was framed with a view to giving expression to these great purposes and so forming a fitting memorial to the men and women whose toil and sacrifices turned those ideas into articles of faith for the nations of today…”
The United Nations General Assembly was set by a charter in 1945, at the end of the Second World War. It is the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative body of the United Nations.
The Queen’s speech will follow a nine-day tour of Canada. She will address the United Nations in her capacity as head of state of 16 UN member states.
The summer tour will be the Queen’s 24th official visit to Canada. She and Prince Philip last visited Canada in 2005.
Stephen Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister, said: “It is always a high honour to host a royal visit. This visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be a celebration of our shared heritage and values, which are enduring sources of pride for millions of Canadians.”
Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, and Ali Treki, the UN’s President of the General Assembly, have welcomed the Queen’s visit to the United Nations headquarters in New York.
A spokesperson for the Secretary-General said he “looks forward to receiving Her Majesty personally on this historic occasion”.
“The President of the General Assembly is very happy for this visit,” his spokesperson Jean-Victor Nkolo said.
“The President of the General Assembly hopes the Queen will throw her weight and support behind the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] and other important issues on the agenda of the General Assembly.”
The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952 and in 2012 she will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with a series of nationwdie events, including a major concert.