at United Nation's Secretary General Luncheon
United Nations Headquarters
New York, New York
September 12, 2002
1:39 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Secretary General, and distinguished members of the United
Nations community, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to New York.
My country is honored to be the home of the United Nations. And I'm honored
to be with you today for the opening week of the 57th session of the U.N. General
We gather in a city that was changed forever by the events of one year and one
day ago. Secretary General, the people of the United States will never forget
your leadership in the days following September the 11th. Within a day, the
General Assembly strongly condemned the terror, and very quickly the U.N. took
strong action to support and strengthen a global coalition against global terror.
The United States is grateful to the U.N. and to every person and every nation
that has joined this cause.
We gather to address the urgent challenges of a world awakened to danger. Mr.
Secretary General, thanks to your leadership, the U.N. is playing a valuable
role in meeting these challenges. The U.N. Charter commits each nation here
to promoting social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
Today, we rededicate ourselves to these ideals.
Mr. Secretary General, I offer a toast to you to continued cooperation between
the United States and the United Nations.