FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to look back upon the U.N.'s history and its many remarkable successes, as well as a chance to look ahead and reflect on the lessons of seven decades across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development and human rights.In 1945, the U.N.'s founders aspired to build a better world.The U.N. Charter, which was grown out of the cauldron of war, aimed high even if the U.N. at its founding in 1945 did not yet encompass all nations and all peoples. From the U.N. summit that adopted the U.N. post-2015 development agenda, to the Conference of Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, to take place in Paris in December and the first World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, the world is looking to the U.N. to make a difference.In Lebanon, on this occasion, U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag will be holding a day of dialogue on the "U.N. in Lebanon, and Lebanon in the U.N.," on Oct. 21 at Biel.Very important questions after the U.N. turns 70: Has this global experiment worked and has the U.N.'s uplifting value system, born in a spirit of "never again" in 1945, aged well?
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