Message by Global Bank Group President Ron Nechemia on the occasion of the 246th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence –– America Independence Day
Today the United States of America celebrates the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence –– America Independence Day — an occasion to celebrate hard-won freedoms, liberty, and independence. The Fourth of July is a sacred day for Americans — a day of hope, remembrance, and resolve, of promise and possibilities.
On behalf of the Global Bank Group, I am honoured to send heartfelt congratulations to our American friends and the government of the United States ––the host country of Global Bank –– as America Independence Day on July 4th is celebrated. We, the Global Bank Group, look forward to working with the government of the United States of America in the years ahead to promote the protection of human rights, peace and stability, and economic development globally.
Today, the Global Bank Group joins our friends, host country, and allies to celebrate the United States’ freedom, liberty, and independence. These are three of the many core values that Global Bank Group and the United States share, allowing us to work side-by-side to address some of the most significant challenges confronting humanity and explore opportunities around the world.
The United States takes justifiable pride and enjoys universal respect because its own Declaration of Independence, more than 246 years ago, was among the affirmations of human rights, freedoms and dignity that led to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Thomas Jefferson framed human rights as universal rights to freedom and dignity in the American Declaration of Independence of 1776. He wrote:
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
On the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence –– America Independence Day —we have come together in utter solemnity to remember our obligations to our forefathers, who proclaimed a vision of human rights for all the world’s people; and to rededicate ourselves to do better where we have failed or fallen short.
The touchstone for our work, the guiding star for this anniversary year, is the inherent human rights, freedoms and dignity of every human being.
That is our inheritance. That is the legacy we seek to bring to life every day in every corner of the world. It is our solemn duty and our highest calling.
On this occasion, I reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the Global Bank Group––U.S.-Privileged Partnership for Peace, Prosperity, and Preservation of the Environment which reflects our common values and shared interests in improving the lives of every citizen. Global Bank Group is committed to working with the United States government on issues of mutual interest, including global peace and security, good governance, global health, food security, and respect for human rights for all the world’s people.