United Nations (UN) Day (24th October)
The United Nation’s day is celebrated on 24th October every year. It was created a month after the world started emerging from the ghastliness and horrors of World War II, with the sole purpose of achieving peace. It aimed to provide a channel for nations to discuss and resolve their differences in a peaceful way and to help them work together to create a better world for all.
The UN emblem clearly shows two olive branches, the symbol for peace.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It marks the anniversary of the UN Charter which took effect in 1945. It was endorsed and adopted by the five permanent members of the Security Council: France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.
It is celebrated to highlight the role and achievements of the United Nations and its specialized agencies in encouraging disarmament, preventing wars and settling international disputes, in the fields of human rights, in providing support to areas of famine, eradication of disease and promotion of health and settlement of refugees and in improving the quality of life around the world and also gain their support for its work.
The success of the UN depends on the goodwill and co-operation of its 191 members.
Each year UN sets about working on a different theme.
United Nations Celebrations
The United Nations staff members observe United Nations Day by wearing their national costumes.
Celebrations are observed by holding public rallies where speakers share the accomplishments of the UN coupled with music and dance festivals. Huge banquet with foods from different countries is also organized at some places.
In Philippine which is one of the founding members, students dress up in the national costumes or traditional clothing of different nations, and hold lessons on cultural diversity.
United Nations Day is celebrated by upholding and reaffirming the founding ideals of its Charter by our commitment to work for building peace, promote human rights, and social progress in the years to come.
What we can do
United Nations Day provides an opportunity to teach children about different cultures and the importance of working together. We can get people of different cultures together and celebrate by arranging foods, art and music programmes. Card making activity can be organized honouring different culture and nations.