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October 24, 2022

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: United Nations Day 2022

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2022 – The American Bar Association joins with supporters of peace and the rule of law around the world to celebrate United Nations Day 2022, commemorating the day the UN Charter was officially ratified in 1945.

The ABA has supported the United Nations since its inception and continues to work closely with the UN through the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, the Center for Human Rights, the Section of International Law and many other ABA groups to strengthen legal institutions across the world, expand access to justice and support a universal perspective of human rights.

The UN Day 2022 theme is “Nourishing Peace” and addresses how food security and peace are intertwined on an international scale. The scarcity of sufficient food drives conflict and violence and can erode the rule of law. While this has been a problem in many poorer countries, wealthy nations are not immune. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 34 million people in America, including 9 million children, are food insecure. Today, as we renew our commitment to human rights and justice, we should all explore how we can help those in need in our communities.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.