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Title: My Testament to the UN
Author: Robert Muller
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Robert Muller

My Testament to the

A Contribution to the 50th Anniversary
of the United Nations


Robert Muller, Chancellor

University for Peace

"The University is established with a clear determination to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace. In addition, it aims to promote among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.

To this end, the University shall contribute to the great universal task of educating for peace by engaging in teaching, research, postgraduate training and dissemination of knowledge, fundamental to the full development of the human person and societies through the interdisciplinary study of all matters relating to peace." (From the Charter of the University for Peace.)

ISBN 1-880455-07-2
My Testament to the UN
A Contribution to the 50th Anniversary
of the United Nations
Robert Muller
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My Testament to the UN
Robert Muller
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Copyright 0 1992 by Robert Muller
First Edition - December, 1992
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Table of Contents

Preface v
Chapter 1 The UN and a New Civilization 3
Chapter 2 The Manifold and Expanding Roles of the UN 27
Chapter 3 The UN and Its Member Governments .... 59
Chapter 4 The UN's World Servants 77
Chapter 5 The UN's Resources 92
Chapter 6 The UN and I 110
Chapter 7 The UN and the People 130
Chapter 8 The UN and Planetary Democratic Government 156
Chapter 9 The UN and Spirituality 169
Chapter 10 The UN and the Future 187
Epilogue ................................... 209
Appendix 1 Highlights of the United Nations 220
Appendix 2 The United Nations System 230
Appendix 3 United Nations World Conferences and Special Observances 243

I have tried to do my best as a faithful instrument of God and cosmic unit fulfilling its intended role on Earth in humanity's first world organization. I will now retire on the beautiful, inspiring hills of the University of Peace created by the UN in Costa Rica. There I will write, conclude, teach and try to bring to fruition the last seeds that might still be in me. May the remaining time granted to me contribute further building blocks to an era of peace, justice and happiness for all humans in the next millennium.

Goodbye my beloved UN. Farewell. May you grow, flourish and produce many more good deeds and seeds for this miraculous planet and its proud human race. May every person on Earth love you, understand you, support you and pray for you as I do. May this testament widen the eyes, the minds, the hearts and souls of the world's peoples, of their leaders and of their representatives on the occasion of the 50th golden anniversary of the UN in 1995, and pave the way to our proper entry into the third millennium.

Robert Muller - Chancellor
University for Peace
Costa Rica, March 1992

My Testament to the UN


Robert Muller

Chapter 1

The UN and a New Civilization

This testament was started on an April's fool day (1 April, 1984). Isn't it up to all of us, including you dear reader, to transform our wildest dreams of humanity into realities? This is what the UN is all about.

Like the spring of a New Era, a new philosophy, spirituality and global civilization are slowly but surely emerging from the UN. This is visible only to a few people today, but in the next century it will be crystal-clear to all.

As we celebrate the fortieth and each successive anniversary of the UN, we must remember all those who for more than 2000 years, beginning with Confucius, the Buddha, Jesus and the Greeks have dreamt of a united human family and later of a league of nations. Among the latter were Abbe' de St Pierre, Benjamin Franklin, Simon Bolivar, Immanuel Kant, Andrew Carnegie, Woodrow Wilson and last but not least Franklin Roosevelt who completed the historical process on American soil.

The only limits of the UN are our doubts and hesitations of today.

The UN is now universal. Practically all nations of Earth are members of it. This is unprecedented in human history. The divine plan of one place on Earth where all nations would meet has materialized. As Pope Paul VI said:

"You are the end of a journey which started 2000 years ago."

Einstein predicted:

"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive."

No organization on Earth has contributed more to a new thinking than the UN.

An isolationist American group has published a pamphlet:

'A World without the UN."

Strangely enough its cover shows the UN emerging from an egg, symbol of birth rather than demise.

Through the UN humanity progressively acquires a collective way of looking at things, thus entering a new phase of evolution: the phase of planethood, the global age.

At the beginning the UN was only a hope.

Today it is a political reality.

Tomorrow it will be the world's religion.

The UN is the most important new moral force in the world. Historians will some day be astonished by its role in ushering humanity into the third millennium.

The most important division on this planet is not between East and West and between North and South. The most important division is between those who want human unity and world order and those who want the supremacy of their group at the expense of the planet and of humanity.

The faith, love and hope of humanity are waiting for something new. a great, beautiful vision of what this world could be. It is the role of the UN to fashion that image as a normal step in the evolution of this planet, as a collective mould of the dreams, perceptions and experiences of all peoples.

In the new era of peace, all humans must be respected as divine manifestations of the universe, as unique, unrepeatable cosmic units endowed with the absolute right not to kill and not to be killed, not even in the name of a nation.

We will henceforth live in a world obsessed with peace and demilitarization until these objectives are achieved. And they will be achieved sooner than we dare to think.

Peace, order, justice, equity, freedom, well-being and happiness are basic human cravings. The UN is the first attempt ever to achieve these aims world-wide. It is one of the greatest advances in human evolution.

History tells us that what seems utopian today will be a reality tomorrow. That reality will depend on what we do for utopia at the UN today.

"As all associations aim at some good, that association which is the most sovereign among them all and embraces A others will aim highest, i.e. at the most sovereign of all goods."


This could be the definition of the UN.

These words of the prophet Isaiah apply to the UN:

"Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it."

The present human society is a product of the past and also a producer of the future. The UN and its agencies are the main harbingers of that future.

Confucius said that forty is the age of consolidation. The UN, thank God, has been able to reach that age, twice the age of its defunct predecessor, the League of Nations.

The UN is the center of things, the vortex, the point of convergence of human evolution. It is the first and sole political institution on Earth that cares for the entire planet and for all humanity. And these are the two fundamental imperatives of our time.

Due to the fast growing irrelevance and harmfulness of national sovereignty in a global world that cries out for care and proper management, we live in a negative sociological era. The UN is the only cradle of hope for a new, positive era.

We are all "pontifices maximi", great bridge-builders. Our most important duty at this stage is to communicate, to exchange ideas, to adapt, to seek, to try, to network, to learn to evolve in a global environment. Perhaps the greatest contribution of the UN is to be a place on Earth where all nations can talk to each other, learn from each other and engage into the most comprehensive socratic dialogue ever.

The UN is sometimes called a jungle. Yes, it is as rich and life-teeming as a jungle, for it reflects the richness, bio-diversity and complexity of our planetary home and human beings. It is a perfect mirror of the cosmic realities of our planet.

The UN is the first significant victory over war. That victory will soon be decisive.

The UN sometimes seems to me one vast planetary prayer, interspersed with many sins and falls.

The UN is the New Genesis.

The UN's tall glass building elevates high into the sky the dreams, hopes and loves of humanity, and channels down to Earth the cosmic messages of God and of the universe.

The UN is a new paradigm, probably the greatest ever in human history. It is the product and instrument of very deep evolutionary changes. Its role has accelerated in the last decades. For nations, for religions, for business, for the media, for educators, for professions, for all peoples of the Earth there is nothing more important than to find out what emerges from this first world-wide global observatory, warning-tower and light-house of planet Earth.

The UN is the sole universal organization on Earth. What luck that we have at least one above the myriads of national, local and group establishments!

The fundamental tasks of the UN are to ensure peace and justice, to provide planetary information, to develop planetary consciousness, to give voice to planetary concerns, to create planetary networks, to issue planetary warnings, to establish planetary institutions, to organize planetary events and to pave the way to proper planetary governance. No institution on Earth has ever had such mind-boggling tasks.

If there is one accomplishment humanity can be proud of, it is the UN.

It is the UN's lofty, unprecedented role to transform the whole world into a peaceful, well-ordered society. It is the world's greatest peace engine. Its imperfections will be corrected and forgotten with time.

Archbishop Helder Camara said to me:

"I love the United Nations, it does such an important work. Pope Paul VI also loved the UN and once commented to me: 'Of course it has its defects and makes mistakes. But doesn't the Catholic Church have its defects too and haven't we made many mistakes over the last 2000 years?' And doesn't this apply to many other groups and efforts on this planet?"

He then embraced me and said:

"God bless the United Nations"

These were the same words of Pope John Paul 11 when he visited the United Nations.

Imperfect UN? Why not? How could it be otherwise? Given the national differences and idiosyncrasies of this planet, how could a first, small, powerless organization, dealing with all the miseries of our Earth be perfect? Its critics must be joking.

If the big powers continue with their hesitation towards the UN, it is quite possible that they will miss one of the greatest opportunities ever in history: the creation of the first universal world order.

Everything on this Earth becomes "organized" or "institutionalized", for it is the way of the human species. This is true both of good and evil, of love and hatred. The great challenge of our time is to institutionalize and organize well-being and cooperation on a planetary scale and to de-institutionalize war and hatred. This is the deeper meaning of the United Nations.

The dinosaurs disappeared from the Earth possibly because their brains were too small. The human race may also disappear if it does not develop its global brain - the UN - to the required size.

The people of the world are left without a sense of direction. They are assaulted every day by torrents of news, views, values, marketing and advertisements. Their life is not whole. The human society is not whole. The United Nations is the only place on Earth which can give humanity a new sense of direction, a general holistic philosophy and vision of a global, planetary civilization.

All people in the world want the same things: peace, justice, good health and a happy, satisfying life.

All people in the world strive for the same things: they study and work hard to obtain the good things in life.

All peoples in the world abhor the same things: war, violence, injustice, sickness, poverty, lack of freedom, etc.

It is no little achievement that humanity at long last has defined

what it wants and what it rejects. We are now trying to achieve these objectives for all humanity. That is the great historical challenge of

our time, the duty of our generation and the momentous task of the UN. May all people of the world make it their objective too, and be members of the UN whose Charter begins with the words:

'We, the Peoples of the United Nations..."

Is it possible that despite our thousands of years of history, our

religions, our research, our sciences, our penetration into the infinitely large and infinitely small, humankind has never really tried to understand the meaning of life? Yes, it is quite possible. It is even a fact.

Is it possible that we have never tried to understand the history of the universe and of our role in it? Yes, it is quite possible. It is even a fact.

Is it possible that seeing now this Earth as one globe, knowing all its elements, resources and limits, no one is wondering how it should be managed, cared for, preserved and loved? Yes, it is quite possible. It is even a fact.

Is it possible that having lived so long and knowing fairly well our paleontology, archaeology and history, no one is trying to visualize seriously the future? Yes, it is quite possible. This too is even a fact.

Well, if all this is possible, is it not vital that someone should come along who would do it for us? Yes, and this someone is the UN and its agencies, nurtured by all cultures, beliefs, learning, experiences and efforts of all nations, by the hopes, dreams and faith of all people, by the thoughts of all great men and women, living and dead.

And is it possible that you and I have a responsibility and role to play? Yes, it is possible. It is even certain.

Therefore we should know the UN, care for the UN, preach the UN, teach the UN, love the UN and advocate the UN until our death and even beyond.

Yes, the UN is just and necessary.

History, evolution are nothing but the slow progressive flowering of all Earth people into full humaneness. Cultures are the ways and means of that progress. Today, in a world become global, the United Nations is the first momentous attempt to fashion a world culture of peace, justice and humaneness for all.

The UN reflects the stage and dynamics of human progress:

- As a universal political organization it is the culmination of 2000 years of history and dreams for a world organization;

- While war has always been the rule in history, the UN asserts peace as the dominant new rule of civilized behavior;

- The UN has begun the decisive battle against armaments, the military and violence;

- It has subdued the trade and financial rivalries which have led to so many wars;

- It has started novel histories of world cooperation in development, the environment, education, health, outer-space, the seas and oceans, population, children, women, the handicapped, the elderly, races, etc;

- It has started the world-wide defense and protection of

individual human rights;

Feeble and unsupported as it is, the UN will some day receive the universal, astonished acclaim and thanks of the human race.

Why do I feel so at ease and happy in the UN? Because it is the place on Earth where the world's problems are being worked out. it is the great, new, exciting frontier of human progress. I see the UN as Columbus saw a new shore.

If power is defined as the ability to create the stage and the script in which others will act, then the UN is certainly the most powerful organization on Earth.

If influence is the new power, then the UN is again the most powerful organization on Earth.

Humanity must frontally and seriously attack the problem of violence in all its forms: Violent action Violent speech and communications Violent thoughts

We therefore need a science and art of peace to vigorously promote:

Peaceful behavior and actions

Peaceful speech and communications Peaceful thoughts

The UN and its agencies are humanity's first universal instruments of peace and non-violence.

The UN is an unprecedented world-wide effort to make humanity think in unison, care in unison, feel in unison, act in unison, in other words to become unison (unisono: the same sound), i.e. one united nation.

We must love the UN with a fire in our heart, the fire of the upcoming human and planetary unity, the fire of a new, world-wide, peaceful human society.

A reader quotes these words of U Thant:

"The Charter of the United Nations is the first, most daring code of behavior addressed to the most powerful of all institutions of this planet: armed nations."

And she continues:

"Many disappointments have led people to question the value of the United Nations but much of this skepticism is the result of lack of understanding about what the UN can and cannot do. As U Thant said, the Charter is a "code of behavior", not a constitution with the force of law. It can only be effective if the signatories live up to its terms".

The UN should be loved for its defense of the great causes of humanity. Even its weaknesses and failures should be loved, as we love the weaknesses and frailties of a child.

The UN is the cradle of universal human values and truths on our global, cosmic journey.

The UN is the greatest school or laboratory on Earth for the study of entities and their relationships in a universal and total time dimension.

All the great truths of our cosmic journey and planetary evolution will emerge from the UN. Few are those on Earth who fathom its evolutionary importance.

The United Nations Charter will survive and gain incessant ground in the world, even if the UN should disappear. The Oath of Strasbourg between the sons of Charlemagne, forerunner of the European Community, survived Lotharingia and all Franco-German wars. The Magna Carta survived feudalism and blossomed centuries later into the Declarations of Independence and Human Rights. The Declaration of Human Rights survived the French Revolution and Napoleon. Similarly, the UN Charter and declarations will survive and win. And history will be astonished how rapidly this will take place. The UN is scoring victory after victory for independence, for peace, for development, for freedom, for justice, for quality of life, for the environment, for human rights, for racial equality, for the rights of women, of children, of the elderly, of the handicapped, etc. Even the most stubborn contemporary issues, namely the cold war, armaments, militarism and national sovereignty have or will succumb to the power of this new bold paradigm. The UN is the latest and greatest landmark in the ascent, progress and further evolution of humankind towards the fulfillment of its intended role on this miraculous planet in the vast universe.

Right here, right now, this planet is our heaven, our paradise, our home. It is time that all humans and entities realize it, be well educated and informed about it and take good care of it.

What is the pattern, what is the philosophy, what is the great stream of upward thought and vision that should guide our next phase of evolution?

The answer will come from humanity's biggest crucible of thoughts: the United Nations.

This text addressed to Jerusalem applies, as well, to the United Nations, the new Jerusalem:

"Rise up in splendor, your light has come, the glory of God shines upon you. See, darkness covers the Earth and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears His glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. Raise your eyes and look about: they all gather and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters in the arms of their nurses. Then you shall be radiant at what you see, your heart shall throb and overflow, for the riches of the sea shall be emptied out before you, the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. Caravans of people shall fill you, coming from East and West, from North and South, bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord."


"Dag Hammarsjkold once predicted that the day would come when people would see the United Nations for what it really is, not the abstract painting of some artist, but a drawing done by the peoples of the world. It is not the perfect institution of the dreamers who saw it as the only true road to world harmony, and not the evil instrument of world domination that the isolationists once made it out to be."

Henry Kissinger

The UN, the eternal human dreams at long last incarnated in a political institution of planetary dimension, and in its living servants.

it is strange that we have not even asked ourselves the fundamental questions on this planet, namely: what is our purpose? What does the cosmos or God have in mind for us? Why are we born, why do we die? Since leaders and thinkers do not ask themselves these questions, the world is in disarray. It is high time to start that debate on a planetary scale, benefiting from the perceptions, beliefs and best minds of all cultures. We need a UN world conference on the meaning of life and another on the meaning of death.

The UN is the most momentous event in modern history. It is the first universal political instrument which makes us realize that we are universal beings.

If the UN did not exist, it would have to be invented.

The UN is a living model of the search for peace on this planet.

Few believed in past centuries that slavery could be abolished.

Yet, it was abolished.

Few believe in this century that armaments can be abolished.

Yet, they will be abolished.

Few believe that militarism can be suppressed.

Yet, it will be suppressed.

Few believe that national sovereignty will disappear.

Yet, it will disappear.

"If there is an evolution, however slow, in the direction of world

community, it will probably owe a great deal to the presence of thousands of trained people in every part of the globe whose calling as diplomats requires them to look over their own fence in an effort to understand how other peoples' minds and consciences work.

In a world of more than 160 nation-states, the number of potential armed conflicts is far greater than the number of those that have actually broken out. Diplomacy must be judged by what it prevents and not only by what it achieves. Much of it is a holding action designed to avoid explosion until the unifying forces of history take us into their embrace."

Abba Eban

The tremendous symbolism of the birthplace of the UN:

San Francisco:

St. Francis, the saint of the poor, of peace, of the environment and of joy.

The Mission of Madre de las Dolores:

The Mother of Pains, the UN born in pains.

Indeed, the UN reflects the birth of a new society: an interdependent, world-wide human society. Like any birth, it takes place in pain and in joy and only the joy will be remembered.

The crazy, chaotic, incomprehensible world of today is but a giant evolutionary readjustment in search for higher world-wide human fulfillment and a better world society. We will all gain from the process.

There is a philosophy of peace, justice, development and quality of life emerging from the UN. In the past, religions, kings and nations enlisted God to justify their cause and sanctify their path: Abraham came down from the mountain, proclaiming: "God is with us!" Moses got the ten commandments from God. Mohammed read the Koran straight from the lips of God. The Germans fought under the motto "Gott mit uns" and the Russians with "Bog snami".

Today, nations, rulers, religions and many causes try to enlist the UN, "The UN mit uns", but when one group succeeds, the losers proclaim: "The UN is no good."

Immense, deep, incredible changes are taking place on this planet and in the human society. They all press for peace, cooperation and a sense of wonder at our beautiful planet and at the miracle of life.

Why don't people realize that the UN is one of the greatest, most exciting, unprecedented new frontiers of human endeavors? Study the UN and its specialized agencies and you will see with fascination our current transformation, hopes, life forces at work and metamorphosis. The UN might well be called the Great Transformation.

"It is to the spirit and mind of man, to his ideas and his attitudes that we must devote considerable attention if the peace is going to be truly won. Unless we secure the right conditions for spiritual and intellectual health and unless we determine the right positive ideas for which we should five, I am afraid all our work may prove to have been in vain."

Ambassador Charles Malik

Signer of the original UN Charter

Day after day, thanks to the UN, our epoch is becoming one of growing international understanding, cooperation and friendship.

Our present, turbulent era is but the childhood of human unity. The UN is its kindergarten.

Centers of power and influence never remain the same. There were Egypt, Athens, Rome, Spain, London, and Paris. Today, there are Moscow and Washington. They never last, because power is unable to adapt itself to new evolutionary trends. Power believes it will always remain and that it must do everything to remain. It then misses evolution and falls aside it. Power is locked into its own internal and external logic, incapable of lifting itself into new trends, visions and solutions. In my view, the powerless UN is the great new womb of evolutionary change and adaptation on this planet, the nations' only chance to survive.

Fundamental questions of our time:

- What are the main trends and reasons of world evolution, past, present and future?

- What is the universe trying to achieve on this planet?

- What is the meaning of our senses, of our consciousness, of our mind, now vastly expanded by science and technology?

- Why do we want to know, why do we want to change this planet?

- How are we going to manage this Earth and the human society in times to come.)

These questions are beginning to be raised in the UN. They must be accelerated urgently.

No one can stop evolution. However giant a power may be, whatever cause it might defend, whatever missiles and arms it may possess in the air, on the seas, in the soils and in the heavens, it will not be able to counter evolution. On the contrary, non-adaptation will cause its demise like that of the dinosaurs.

A new world is being born in the UN.

UN lamentation:

"Oh, my children, how can you ever forget that 30 million dead were my father and the atom bomb my mother?"

The UN is the only realistic hope left for this planet. It is rightly called the "House of Hope".

We are all instruments of the great march of time. We do not see the strategy and the direction, but we are all part of it. Out of trends the UN will fashion destiny.

If we believe in the rising tide of evolution and of human destiny, all nations and peoples will gain and riseThis is the cornerstone of the United Nations.

it is not the US, Russia, freedom or equality which are at stake. The entire human anthill is at stake.

When the famous Glenn Miller orchestra performed at the UN to celebrate the UN's fortieth anniversary and its own forty-fifth anniversary, they played "Sentimental Journey", "Serenade in Blue", and "Rhapsody in Blue". I thanked them and said:

"As you played those tunes I was thinking that despite many dark days and pitfalls, the UN is the greatest sentimental journey on Earth, the journey towards universal love for our planet and humanity. That despite many thorny bushes, the UN is a serenade in blue chanting the Garden of Eden on Earth. That despite many false notes, the UN is a rhapsody in blue in the vast starry universe.

May God allow you to come back in 1995 to celebrate the UN's fiftieth anniversary and in the year 2000 to celebrate the Bimillennium. May our great sentimental journal be completed by that time, enabling us to hold the most beautiful world-wide Bimillennium Celebration of Life ever on this planet."

Ethical rules do not relate only to behavior between nations. They relate to God's whole Creation: our planetary home, our animal brothers, the heavens and the stars, ourselves.

Years ago when I was stationed in Geneva, I prayed that the world would produce another Montesquieu, Voltaire or Rousseau to guide humanity on its way. Today I realize that they were products of their time, of their history and of the notorious role of their countries. Today the only place on Earth which can produce the right new thinkers, world philosophers and visionaries is the United Nations. Dag Hammarskjold and U Thant were the first.

How come that nations have such difficulty to unite for good, common causes and have such astonishing resourcefulness and endless imagination for division and destruction? Huge armaments and the vast national military establishments on the one hand and the poor little UN on the other hand, dramatically illustrate this evolutionary aberration. What a loss of precious time we indulge in!

The UN is the first organization in history which defends, world wide, the rights of the Earth, of humanity and of the individual. This is its sacred role, its threefold agenda. UN documents should start with the words:

In the name of the Earth In the name of humanity In the name of the human person.

Someone sent me a horoscope of the UN on its fortieth anniversary. According to the stars, the UN is the Noah's Ark, the structure through which humankind can salvage the best it has created.

The UN will be the sacred shore where our drifting planet will be moored. Not Washington, not Moscow, nor any other 'capital'.

The UN grounds were considered a sacred place by the Manhattan Indians who called it Turtle Bay. The prophecy was that on these grounds streams of blood would flow, but that later it would be the meeting ground of all the tribes of Earth. Indeed, this is where the slaughter-houses of New York city were located and where the UN was built, born from the blood of the thirty million dead of World War 11.

The UN is not the UN building. The UN is not even the idea which gave it birth. The UN is the manifestation of evolution wanting humanity to become one nation.

The fundamental problem of the human race is not the avoidance of war and the riddance of nuclear weapons. It is to find our right cosmic destiny on this planet in the universe.

The United Nations should not be a compromise between nations but a guiding light for humanity, the cradle of the world of tomorrow, a world seat of learning, a school of nations and heads of states.

We need a new vision, a new ideology for the next stage of the human journey on this planet. The UN shows us the following paths:

Harmony with the Earth Harmony among all groups and peoples Harmony with the heavens Harmony with the past and the future Harmony of the individual with total Creation.

By its Charter, the UN is called upon to "harmonize the actions of nations". But it is already deeply involved in the development of these vast harmonies, far beyond the fences of nations.

In the UN, humanity seeks for the first time to define the universal laws which ought to rule our behavior on this planet. The United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were the first step. The Law of the Sea was the second. And there are innumerable others. As Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar pointed out, the UN has created and codified more international and world law than the entire previous human history.

It took more than 500 years for the ideals of the Magna Carta to permeate the western world and to culminate in the French Declaration of Human Rights and the US Declaration of Independence. It took the Oath of Strasbourg over 1000 years to become the European Community. It took the UN only forty years to become universal and to exercise momentous effects on the course of history. Just think what influence it will have over the next 500 or 1000 years! God bless the UN, this miracle of modern times, perhaps of all times.

The UN is a new form of evolution which should occupy the attention of the best minds of this planet. It is a comprehensive evolving network: a system of innumerable, interacting sub-systems, from nations to individuals, from the infinitely large to the infinitely small, within an ever-expanding time framework. It is an entirely new, fundamental biological phenomenon which will wipe out all former political science. We need more biologists as political leaders.

The crazy, incomprehensible world of today is but a giant readjustment in search of the next great step in our evolution. The UN is humanity's Holy Grail.

Black Elk, the Oglala Indian tells the story of the appearance of a beautiful woman-spirit, dressed in white buckskin, who predicted that a big tepee would be built in the center of the human nation. The hall of the UN General Assembly has the form of a tepee.

The kiwas or sacred meeting places of the Hopi Indians (the Peaceful Ones), are built in the form of domes with an opening at the center of the cupola, and right under it a hole in the ground. When a meeting takes place, a stone slab covering the hole in the ground is

removed, and the elders know that they are sitting around a line which reaches from the universe to the center of the Earth. This forces them to think and deliberate with a cosmic consciousness.

The UN General Assembly Hall is built in the form of a kiwa, with an opening to the skies, but a hole remains to be dug into the ground to remind the elders of the world to think and deliberate in cosmic terms like the Hopis.

Humanity is one body, one brain, one heart, one soul. That is the new biology of civilization. It goes far beyond international cooperation. it encompasses each of us as the living cells of one vast human body.

Humanity wanders through errors and sorrows. But there is a great guiding hand behind it all. Our tribulations produce experience, experience produces hope and hope is the pathway to success. After my many years at the UN I have become convinced of the ultimate success of the human species.

A French professor of sociology at Vassar said in a lecture that during his youth the word international had a despicable connotation and that the League of Nations was considered as a club of lunatics.

Today, on the contrary, international relations and the United Nations have become solid, accepted realities.

The sum total of human wisdom and enlightenments slowly gained over the millennia will have a vastly greater impact on our future than all the arms, material wealth, and skyscrapers of today.

Beyond uniting nations we must become a united people. Nothing on Earth can prevent us from becoming what we want and must become for our own sake and good.

Our first great global chapter of history is over. We know at long last our planet and human family and their problems from every angle. The rest of this century will be devoted to the next great chapters:

The global governance of the planet Its administrative management The new forms of human society on Earth.

23 What a world it would be if we were all bent on giving joy and happiness to others! That is the ideal offered to us by Beethoven in his "Ode to loy". That is the peak of evolution we must aim at, the main purpose of the blue building of the United Nations jutting into the universe to receive God's messages of peace and happiness.

Positive affirmations uproot negative thoughts in us. They influence the subconscious which breeds success or failure, and shields us against external, dismal influences. This is true of individuals as it is for groups.

Therefore, if humanity repeats consistently its affirmations of peace, justice, kindness, love and brotherhood, they will become realities. This is why the UN will not fail. It is the right universal affirmative organization, miraculously born at this moment of our evolution.

Former Secretary-General U Thant was once asked by a journalist what he considered to be the most important event of the twentieth century. He answered:

"The birth of the United Nations on 24 October 1945."

I would even say that it was the most important event in the entire human history.

Far too many people and groups, especially nations, are spending their time to prove and increase their greatness instead of cooperating for the greatness of the Earth and of humanity. If God, or a team of visitors from outer space, descended on Earth, they would not be looking for the greatness of any group or person, but only for the general state of the planet and of its inhabitants. The whole world must adopt this outlook which is that of the United Nations and of its agencies.

The two biggest questions henceforth on this planet are:

How do we visualize our future? How will we govern and manage our planetary home?

And almost no one on Earth devotes any attention to them. The United Nations has prepared a lot of ground on the first question, but very little on the second which seems to be taboo.

In the past, cultures and political identities were used to seed hatred and wage war. The UN has turned around this course and proclaimed: use your culture and identity for peace, use your power to serve, contribute your diversity to a richer world.

Throughout history, great wise people of all cultures have defined and proclaimed the fundamental values which should guide humans on this planet: love, truth, peace, happiness, kindness, understanding, altruism, service, cooperation, gratitude, etc. They derived their teachings from a deep understanding of the laws of the cosmos, from a mystical relation with the universe. Some considered themselves to be messengers or spokespeople of the universe or God.

Today, these same values are being affirmed, defined, advocated, promoted and progressively implemented by the first universal political organization in human history: the United Nations. This is a great momentous event in the evolution of the human race.

You therefore help the UN and the birth of a new civilization when you adopt these values in your own life and behavior and radiate them around you. You the people are the most important members and helpers of the UN.

"I believe without a shadow of doubt that science and peace will finally triumph over ignorance and war, and that the nations of the Earth will ultimately agree not to destroy, but to build up."

Louis Pasteur

A human being is something so miraculous, so well-built, so extraordinary, so incredible, that God or evolution or the cosmos must have had a reason for creating and developing us. To find that reason should be our main concern if we are to progress in our cosmic evolution.

The next great question, as so vividly evidenced by the United Nations is therefore: how are all the groups we have formed and all the institutions we have built going to help fulfill that purpose?

The world's relentless transformation is infinitely more important and deeper than any revolution ever conceived by humans. Revolutions are kid stuff compared with what is now going on every day. There will be no longer any revolutions on this planet, only one gigantic evolution bigger than any revolutions of the past. That is one conclusion I have drawn after four decades of observation and study of humanity at the United Nations.

There is no life without analysis.

There is no life without synthesis.

The United Nations is the supreme organ of both analysis and synthesis. It is a true paradigm in human evolution. But only future generations will fully understand that.

At the core of each human being there is a power house, a center of command, a chip of cosmic memory, a genetic bank which judges all our actions, successes and errors in trying to be fully human, i.e. to fulfill the cosmic function for which we were born on this planet in the universe.

In the end, each human being is therefore the judge of his or her own actions. Life is basically a personal story between the universe and us. At the core of humanity too there is a power house, a center of command, a cosmic memory, a genetic bank which judges all of humanity's actions, successes and errors in trying to further evolve and to fulfill the cosmic function for which humans were created on this planet in the universe.

Henceforth human evolution on this planet will be basically a story between the United Nations and the universe.

I once said to John Denver that in my view peacemakers and peace-institutions were marginal and powerless because evolution did not want us to go too fast.

He responded:

"This is no longer true. There is such an upswelling of con

sciousness in people all around the world today that peacemakers and

peace-institutions will soon have the upper hand."

Indeed, he is right. Only individuals have life. Without them

institutions are empty shells. The main agents of peace and coopera

tion are therefore the five billion people inhabiting this planet.

"I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it."

Dwight David Eisenhower, 1959

Introduction to a course on Planetics at the Institute of Political Science, Sorbonne, Paris

" The United Nations system is a unique phenomenon in human history. In 1945, after about 2 million years of existence, the human species has equipped itself with a system of management of life in all its forms on our planet. Its impact on the evolution of ideas, of research and of the application of science, of technology and of education, has not only created a new style of diplomatic relations between countries, but has also favored the emergence of a planetary culture in which the Rights of the Living are beginning to succeed the Rights of Man. The United Nations is one of the greatest human adventures since the discovery of the New World."

Claudine Brelet

I see the UN as the most knowledgeable, inspiring, transforming, galvanizing organization for the further evolution of humanity and of planet Earth in the cosmos.

Chapter 2

The Manifold and Expanding Roles of the UN

When I joined the UN in 1948 as a young man after World War 11, 1 was not giving the world more than twenty years before a new world war would break out. Coming from Alsace-Lorraine where my poor grandfather knew three wars and had five successive nationalities, where my family wore either French or German uniforms, it seemed inconceivable to me that blacks and whites, rich and poor, communists and capitalists, Europeans, Africans, Asians, Americans, 5000 religions, languages and innumerable minorities would ever get along. How could they if two white, highly cultivated and educated, advanced countries like France and Germany could not? There were hundreds of potential seeds for a third world war on this planet. Yet, half a century later, I am still alive and we had no world war! Despite many conflicts and troubles, the world did not go under. In 1948, 1 was a very pessimistic young man. Today I am an optimistic old man, almost sure that the human race will succeed. And this is very largely due to the UN.

When I joined the UN everyone thought that the decolonization of Asia and of Africa would take from 100 to 150 years. Yet it was accomplished in less than forty years! Perhaps the same will be true of other world issues, such as peace and disarmament. We usually underestimate the will and capacity of the human race to solve its problems. National leaders are only beginning to learn how to cope