United Nations Day is an annual observance commemorated on October 24th of every year. We know about the United Nations and its family of specialized agencies like WHO, UNESCO, FAO, and more. All those organizations work towards various assistance ranging from disaster to medical, children, food, and culture. Why not a day to be celebrated for these organizations functioning under the United Nations that works for every one of us? The commemoration of the United Nations Day will highlights, marks, and reflects the work of all those organisations.
“The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.” – Haile Selassie
History of United Nations Day
The origin and history of the United Nations Day date back to the year 1948. The celebration of the day memorialises the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations that came into force in 1945. The United Nations General Assembly in 1947 declared October 24th as United Nations Day to celebrate the centenary of the UN Charter. The declaration has proclaimed that the celebration Day would be instrumental in making the people aware of their work. The further goal of the observance is to let the people from around the world know about the aims and achievements of the United Nations in such a way to gain their support for its work.
UN has been magnificent in the areas like human rights, support in regions of famine, settlement of refugees, eradication of disease, and promotion of health. UN’s family of specialized agencies are the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). There are other agencies like the World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and much more.
The intention of the United Nations, an intergovernmental organisation, is to create a form of cooperation among all the governments of the world. The original intent of this organisation was to replace the “League of Nations” and thereby preventing yet another war from occurring. The Treaty of Versailles was one of the treaties to formally end World War I. It was the same treaty that laid the foundations for a League of Nations. On June 28, 1919, the treaty was signed in Versailles, France. The league aimed to promote disarmament, prevent the outbreaks of war, encourage negotiations and diplomatic measures to settle the international disputes. Furthermore, the league motto is to improve the quality of life for the people around the world.
However, the outbreak of the World War II suggested that there is a need for the League of Nations to take a different plan. During the last years of World War II, the methods about the United Nations (UN) were developed. In precise, the idea for the UN was started on April 25, 1945, during the UN Conference on International Organization in San Francisco. The UN was created officially when a UN charter was approved on October 24th of that year. The United Nations Day was first observed on October 24, 1948. The UN suggested that this Day should be a public holiday in all its member states since 1971. There were also calls to make this day as an international public holiday as to bring attention to the work, role, and achievements of the UN and its family of specialised agencies.
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How to Celebrate United Nations Day
Celebrating the United Nations Day is very simple. You can indulge yourself to know more about these organizations and their practical nature. Celebrate this day as people all over the world are getting the privilege of these organizations’ to work. Educate people around you about the works of these organizations that are helping us in some form. Share your celebrations and moments on social media by using the hashtag #UnitedNationsDay.
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