Mr. Speaker, today is United Nations Day.
On October 24, 1945, the United Nations Organization was founded, a significant date in world history. The Organization was quick to take its place on the international scene and now plays an irreplaceable role.
Canada's John Humphrey drafted the first version of the Declaration of Human Rights, which was to be adopted by the UN in 1948. Lester B. Pearson was the one who came up with the idea of the first peacekeeping operation, in 1956.
Canada has contributed greatly to the UN and has served six terms as a member of the Security Council. Many Canadians continue to be involved.
Let us take advantage of this day to focus on our commitment to the United Nations.