Chapter V
United Nations International
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Opening Of U.N.I.C.E.F. Conference
May 17, 1966
It gives Us great pleasure to welcome the delegates and observers who have come to this, the 66th
sessional meeting of the United Nations Children's Fund.  This is only the second time that this
meeting has been held outside the United Nations' Headquarters, and the first time that it has
taken place on African soil.  It is only proper, therefore, that we pay tribute today to the
Organization and confirm in person the deep feelings of debt and gratitude which we all feel for the
service which U.N.I.C.E.F. so well renders to the future generations of the world.

Your presence today on the African continent will provide the opportunity for you to focus your
attention on Africa's children and to concentrate on the problems of the children and the youth of
Africa, and on the best use to be made of the resources available to them.  Share amongst you plans
for meeting the needs of Our children, and help to bring to fruition Our united hopes for a brighter
and happier future for them.  Since important responsibilities will be handed over tomorrow to the
youth of today, everything possible must be done for their proper upbringing and development of
mind.

A mark of a worthy civilization is the willingness of these to whom much has been given to share
their portion with those in need.  The heritage of Our children is surely among those gifts which lie
closest to man's heart.  In aiding the young, those whom fate has cast aside or passed unnoticed,
we demonstrate our hope and faith in the future.  All over the world, U.N.I.C.E.F. has provided help
to mothers and children.  Although the help provided so far can by no means be considered to have
adequately met the need, U.N.I.C.E.F.'s activity on behalf of mothers and children throughout the
world is quite significant and portends good for the future.  No rural area has been too remote to
it.  Help has, indeed, been largely concentrated in those areas, although the organization's outlook
has been all embracing.  U.N.I.C.E.F. has also wisely attached great importance to the need for
improved environmental conditions particularly those found in the tropical areas.  In sum,
U.N.I.C.E.F. has worked for the total welfare of the family.

Nor has U.N.I.C.E.F. neglected the problem of hunger, the original enemy of the Organization during
its early days following World War II.  Allied with other international bodies, U.N.I.C.E.F. has
provided food for millions of mothers and their children.  In Africa, there is today an urgent need to
know what foods give the greatest benefit to the growing child.  And surely, until there is food
enough for all, the infant and the young have first claim on what there is.  If Africa's immense
natural resources are put to the service of the African people through the development of the
necessary skills and organization, the wealth of Africa, in a reasonable time, will not only
adequately cover the needs of children but also will give rise to a general prosperity throughout
Africa.
Assist Education
Together with providing sustenance and nourishment for the body, U.N.I.C.E.F. has since 1961
been offering assistance in the education of the young as part of its programme.  The saying is
Mens
sana in corpore sano
-- a sound mind in a sound body; food for the body and food for the mind are
both essential.

Problems still remain.  Although attempts have been made to control birth, millions of children are
still born in misery, and die in sickness.  Millions of African children die in infancy.  Those that
survive are all to often handicapped by disease, by lack of education, with no opportunity to inherit
the rights of other children of the world.  During this meeting, you will have an opportunity to
takeaction which will enable generations that follow to look back upon this conference as the
beginning of a new era of well-being and happiness for our children.  If humanity is led to a better
observance of convenants -- that are meant for orderly conduct of life -- and if the progress of
science is applied solely for human welfare, the increase of population would have become not a
burden but a matter of gratification.  If this approach is made the needs of children in education,
health and other respects would be fully met, thus assuring a better life for all succeeding
generations.  We urge you to draw upon your wisdom and experience in your search for the means
to provide a healthy and prosperous future for our children.

May Almighty God bless you in the work that lies before you.
Haile Selassie the First - May 17, 1966