STK-ID 55383

Continued from Shot No. 8430 (Part 3/15 of speech): MCU of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker beginning his speech to the United Nations Assembly on September 26, 1960. Transcript of speech is as follows: "I wish now to speak of the present Assembly. To some observers the assembly in the current week gave the appearance of being a circus and a drama of personalities. Whatever their views, this fact stands out, that this is the most important and most representative gathering of world and national leaders in all history. This meeting symbolizes the bringing-together of the cultures and philosophies of all races. It is our responsibility to assure that out of this meeting shall come a testament to the capacity of rational men to achieve rational relations, to bring about the attainment of peace and to practice brotherhood by the raising of standards everywhere in the world. To the new members I say this. Coming from Canada, the United Nations constitutes the greatest hope for the middle and small powers, for the new and weaker states, indeed for all the nations of mankind of every social and political system.We meet under circumstances which, in my opinion, mean that this is a critical stage in the history and development of the United Nations. This organization faces its most formidable threat, a threat to its very existence...."Continued in Shot No. 55377.


Excerpt from
Diefenbaker's Speech at the United Nations
New York (city)
National Film Board
Available formats
Reel 35 mm, HDCAM SR, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm fine grain comp b&w, 35mm fine grain b&w
Aspect ratio
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1920 x 1080