24 October: United Nations Day
The United Nations (UN) Day was observed across the world on 24 October 2017. UN Day 2017 marks the 72nd anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force.
This year's observations of the UN Day included UN Day Concert featuring the Slovak National Folklore Ballet. The theme of the concert was "Potential in Diversity".
The Day celebrates everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment in 1945. On this occasion, all the member states of the United Nations contribute finances to its operation to help further its goals.
In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as the United Nations Day.
In 1971, the General Assembly adopted a further resolution declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all member states.
A variety of events are organised every year by UN Information Centres to mark UN Day. Activities range from ceremonies, seminars, art competitions, rallies, film screenings and book exhibitions, media campaigns and social media campaigns.