19 April 2022
Secretary-General, As former staff members of the UN system, we, the undersigned, are taking the liberty to address you directly in your capacity as chief executive of the one and only global body that our world possesses. [...] We are a small sample of the thousands of dedicated staff who have worked and are still working for the ideals enshrined in the UN Charter, believing in the UN’s mission and, at times, risking our own lives to advance the UN’s good work around the world. [...] What we and the broader public want to see, though, is a political UN presence and public engagement, in addition to the UN’s notable humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis. [...] We are horrified at the alternative, the UN becoming increasingly irrelevant and, eventually, succumbing to the fate of its predecessor, the League of Nations, with the human losses and material destruction that went with it. [...] We greet you in solidarity and await your practical response in the spirit of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and all the achievements in international law and global governance of the past several decades that should not be diminished nor lost.