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  Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Message to 2009 Christmas


  Each year that passes seems to have its own character Some leave us with a feeling of satisfaction, others are best forgotten. 2009 was a difficult year for many, in particular those facing the continlling effects of lhe economic downturn.


  I am sure that we have all been affected by events in Afghanistan and saddened by the casualties suffered by our forces serving there. Our thoughts go out to their relations and friends who have shown immense dignity in the face of great personal loss.


  But, we can be proud of the positive contribution that our servicemen and women are making, in conjunction with our allies.


  Well over 13,000 soldiers from the United Kingdom, and across the Commonwealth---Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore---are currently serving in Afghanistan.


  The debt of gratitude owed t昆明市癫痫病哪里能治好o these young men and women, and to their predecessors, is indeed profound.


  It is 60 years since the Commonwealth was created and today, with more than a billion of its members under the age of 25, the organization remains a strong and practical force for good.


  Recently I attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago and heard how important the Commonwealth is to young people.


  New communication technologies allow them to reach out to the wider world and share their experiences and viewpoints. For many, the practical assistance and networks of the Commonwealth can give skills, lend advice and encourage enterprise.


  Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address


  If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern t癫痫的中医治疗here in any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?


  Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away? Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago so still it must be said "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."


  With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the might, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.


  Ban Ki-moon's Relllarks to "United Nations Academic Impact for a Better World" Conference


  The United Nations understands the enormous impact of scholarship, innovation and ideas. We are trying to harness that great power to build a better world... A world where human ingenuity will make our homes, communities and consumption patterns socially and environmentally sustainable. A world where research receives the funding; and support it needs to defeat disease, deprivation and despair. A world where the "unlearning" of intolerance will bridge barriers that still divide nations and peoples.


  Promoting and advancing these goals is the essence of the United Nations Academic Impact. We have been laying the groundwork for this initiative for some time now, with great support from the academic community. Later this month, we will launch it officially at United Nations headquarters in New York.


  It will help 癫痫的治疗费用要多少serve as a clearing house to better match academic innovation with particular areas of work of the United Nations---neglected areas of research, countries in need of specific help, research that will help deliver concrete change on the ground, and the best ideas to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.


  I am encouraged by the support demonstrated here. have high hopes for what the initiative---and all of us---can do together in the future. Of course, the UN and the academic community already enjoy a strong partnership Academic Impact will deepen it further for the twenty-first century.