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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 19, 1995


President Clinton To Attend UN 50th Anniversary Events

President Clinton will participate in two events this year which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

The President will speak in San Francisco at the ceremony in June to commemorate the signing of the Charter of the United Nations by 51 governments on June 26, 1945. President Clinton will also speak at the special commemorative meeting of the UN General Assembly to be held from October 22-24, 1995 in New York to celebrate the founding of the UN.

Fifty years ago on October 24, 1945 the U.N. Charter came into force upon ratification by the five Permanent Members and the majority of the other signatory states. In the first half century of its existence, the United Nations has come to play a vital role in world affairs. It now faces new challenges and new opportunities. The United States looks forward to building on the experience of this first half-century to ensure the UN addresses our changing needs, and those of all nations, over the next 50 years.

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