Jonathan GlennGranoff has for more than 20 years contributed his legal expertise, developed as a successful private attorney, to the movement to eliminate nuclear weapons. Granoff holds numerous other titles within the peace and security movement and serves on numer- ous governing boards, such as the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the Lawyers Alliance for…
Presentation by Jonathan Granoff, President, Global Security Institute,
delivered at the Millennium Development Goals Awards Ceremony
General Assembly, United Nations
March 17, 2009
The human family is one.
Like any family it needs a home, a place to come together.
The UN aspires to be that home.
That is why it is such an honor to be at the General Assembly tonight. Here one can say we and really mean everyone – everyone, all of us, without boundaries of race, religion, nation, or gender.
This is a place for real family values and policies that serve this one varied, fascinating and funny human family.
In our family tonight there are mothers who must choose which of their children will have enough calories to be alive tomorrow and which might not. Our aunts, our sisters, our mothers should not be in this plight.
We hear so much about Wall Streetâ€™s needs and the crisis on Main Street. But for nearly half the human family, their crisis relates to no street. For them, crushing poverty is a dead end.
We are the people of the world……yet are we conscious of what is happening around us every day? Conscious of our world heading toward an abyss? – conscious of the imbalances of this world growing from one day to the next? What kind of a world are we leaving to future generations of humankind – and how will they reflect on us?