NEW YORK – On 18 October 2012, WFUNA attended the ceremony dedicating the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, on Roosevelt Island in New York.
The event was opened by Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, Chair of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy Board of Directors. Mr. vanden Heuvel is also President of the Friends of WFUNA.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke, paying tribute to President Roosevelt and his contribution to the founding of the United Nations.
“President Roosevelt was driven by a global vision. He understood that an individual’s dreams were not restricted by that individual’s passport. He knew that aspirations could not be confined to national borders,” Mr. Ban said. “And he believed deeply that leaders everywhere must help people everywhere live those dreams.”
The park’s name, Four Freedoms, refers to President Roosevelt’s Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union in 1941 in which he referred to:
- freedom of speech and expression
- freedom of worship
- freedom from want
- freedom from fear