United Nations Day:
Celebrated annually on the 24th of October, the United Nations Day marks the day the United Nations came into Force.
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Why United Nations Day?
It was after the World War II when 51 countries from across the world came together to take an oath to preserve peace across the globe. The United Nations is a representation of these countries and the United Nations Day is a celebration to commemorate this togetherness for promoting world peace.
United Nations has been constantly working towards promoting peace across the world and to maintain harmony between countries. It was on 24th October 1945, when the UN Charter was first implemented with signatories from the majority of the member countries including the five permanent Security Council members. The agreement reached between these countries is what led to the establishment of the United Nations and hence this day is celebrated to commemorate this event. Later in the year 1971, the United Nations also suggested the member states/ countries observe this day as a public holiday in their respective nations.
How can we observe United Nations Day:
Celebrating its 75th anniversary in the year 2021, United Nations has been quite successful in maintaining world peace. The anniversary day of the United Nations falls on the 24th of October every year and is a celebration of the promotion of world peace among all 190+ countries. The celebration is not just about the promotion of world peace but it is also a commemoration of how countries come together working on a common goal.
As a celebration every year on this day, the General Assembly Hall of United Nations has an annual concert held in it. Along with world peace, the day is also a celebration of unity among diverse cultural backgrounds. Across the world, countries celebrate the United Nations Day with artistic performances, flags, costumes, and more.
With United Nations representing world peace and unity across the globe, it is prudent to do things that support this cause on the United Nations Day.
- You can learn more about other cultures and be more open-minded to other nation’s citizens.
- You can also hold discussions with your friends on the importance of diversity in culture in your workplace or at your home.
- You can wear the national costume of your country on this day.
- You can also post the importance of this day and other facts on your social media account with #UnitedNationsDay as your hashtag.
- There are many events organized by the United Nations on this day to which you can volunteer to.
- You can also donate to the many causes that the United Nations has across their many different organizations.
- You can also try a variety of cuisines from across countries to taste the diversity in food across the world.
- You can also create awareness on maintaining peace and protecting the environment, which is among the major objectives of the United Nations.
- You can also share your passion for providing disaster relief operations where required in your location as and when required.
- Use hashtags #UnitedNationsDay to share information and to spread peace!
Interesting facts about United Nations Day:
United Nations is an intergovernmental authority whose main responsibility is to maintain and promote security and peace across the world. On the United Nations Day, let us learn more about the United Nations and how it functions along with a few interesting facts about the organization itself.
- While the governments of the 50+ countries met in April 1945, the charter was drafted only by June of that year, adapted, and came into force by October of the same year.
- The United Nations was started with 50 governments and now it has nearly 190+ countries as members.
- The United Nations has many different organizations to handle the different sectors like the UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, World Health Organization alongside the major sections like the Security Council, the General Assembly, and the UN Secretariat.
- United Nations was not the first organization to be formed to promote peace. League of Nations was first established after the First World War but it failed in its objective which led to the World War II.
- The peacekeeping forces from United Nations have participation from more than 120 countries and have more than 110000 force on the field.
- Nearly 58% of the world’s vaccination for children is taken care of by the United Nations.
- More than 90 million people are provided food by the United Nations.
- In the year 2001, the United Nations was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, nearly 50 years after it came into being.
- Vatican City has never been a member of the United Nations and is classified to be a mere observer of the happenings in the UN.
- While there are fifteen members in the United Nations Security Council only five of them are permanent which are China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States.
- The other ten members serve for a two-year term and are elected by the UN General Assembly.
- The name “United Nations” was suggested by then US President Franklin D Roosevelt.
- The longest speech in United Nations was delivered by V.K. Krishna Menon of India in the year 1957.
- There are even separate post office and postage stamps specifically used by United Nations.
- Every year United Nations picks out a theme for the celebration of this event, bringing the entire world’s attention to what is most vital for the world in a given moment.
History of United Nations Day:
Marking the anniversary of the day when the UN Charter came into force, the United Nations Day is celebrated annually to establish the fact that peace is of paramount importance. While it was in 1945 when the United Nations was first established as an agreement between 51 countries, the actual celebration of the day of its establishment started only from 1948. It has truly been an achievement of the United Nations to have lasted for nearly 75 years bringing the different nations together for the cause of peace. With a history spanning almost 3/4th of a century, the United Nations Day is celebrated across the globe and across cultures.