United Nations Day: October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948 Credit: Shutterstock

“UNITED NATIONS DAY highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter, which entered into force on this date 74 years ago. Amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realise peace, development and human rights for all.

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

Starting in January 2020, the United Nations will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations. The aim is to reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences.

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations will launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the best future for all.

The UN75 initiative seeks to trigger dialogue and action on how a better world can be achieved despite the current modern-day challenges.

International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilise political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.

Several international schools throughout the world also celebrate the diversity of their student body on United Nations Day. Celebrations often include a show of cultural performances in the evening and a food fair, where food is available from all over the world.

The UN is the world’s largest intergovernmental organisation.

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Cristina Hodgson

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