The speech that struck me most was Kofi Annan’s speech “The United Nations in the 21st Century.” In his speech he states, “ Peace must be made real and tangible in the daily existence of every individual in need. Peace must be sought, above all, because it is the conditions for every member of the human family to live a life of dignity and security” (627). I never thought that dignity would be so important to finding peace that it must be sought in order to have peace at all, but he shows how this is true. I learned that respecting all people equally is what we must come to before we can have peace in the world. People must be able to express who they are and not fear being oppressed just by being themselves. Through freedom, respect, security, and dignity for all we can find peace in our world.
Since 2001 the United Nations has still been trying to create peace and stop wars all over the world. They have also been promoting democracy in country with struggling governments and trying to further develop those countries. In addition to this the United Nations has been striving to improve humanitarian issues dealing with topics like education and health. They are still working for peace today in places like Afghanistan because maintaining peace is at the top of their list.