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International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace – April 24, 2023

Created by the United Nations Organization (UNO), International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is observed annually on April 24. The United Nations was established for the sole purpose of maintaining international peace and security, and fostering friendly relations among nations. The organization created this day on December 12, 2018, to raise awareness for their top priority, and to preserve values for multilateralism and cooperation on a global scale. International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace has been observed annually since then, calling for worldwide attention on the matter.

History of International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

World peace has been a topic of conversation and concern ever since the end of the First World War in 1918. A need to foster peace on a global level became a priority for every nation, and establishing an organization that would cater to that responsibility was the first plan of action.

The League of Nations was the first intergovernmental organization tasked with the mission of world peace. It was founded after World War I by the Paris Peace Conference. After 26 years, the league was dissolved due to it not being able to hold off aggressions from the Axis Powers during World War II.

However, the dissolution of the organization did not result in a standstill in the search for world peace. The end of the League of Nations marked the beginning of the United Nations (U.N.), which was founded in 1945. It came just in time, right after World War II with an initial membership of 51 states. It was established to prevent future wars by maintaining international peace and security.

Multilateralism is the concept in which the U.N. was established. Simply put, multilateralism is the union or alliance of multiple countries toward a common goal. It is anti-unilateralism, meaning even the smallest powers are given a voice in global matters. The U.N. has become the most visible symbol for multilateralism, and the foundation for the creation of other multilateralism efforts such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and even the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The U.N. established International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace in 2018 through resolution A/RES/73/127 to preserve the values of multilateralism and international cooperation.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace timeline

1800s
Multilateralism Enters the Scene

Multilateralism starts being introduced through efforts like the Concert of Europe.

1945
One Nation For All

The United Nations Organization (UNO) is established on October 24.

2018
A Day To Remember

The U.N. establishes the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace on December 12.

2019
The First of its Kind

The first International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is observed on April 24.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace FAQs

What is resolution A/RES/73/127?

Resolution A/RES/73/127 is part of the multiple resolutions and decisions taken by the United Nations. This particular resolution involved the creation of the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace on December 12, 2018.

How many member states belong to the U.N.?

The United Nations has a total of 196 members that represent almost all of the world’s sovereign states.

What is diplomacy for peace?

Diplomacy for peace simply symbolizes the efforts of the United Nations toward world peace, specifically in dispute resolution amongst countries.

How to Observe International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

  1. Raise awareness

    Seeing as this observance is fairly new, there are still a lot of people that do not know about this important day. Make it a priority to talk about the cause across your social platforms or to anyone you meet on this day. Promote global peace by raising awareness of this day and of all the United Nation’s efforts to ensure international peace and security.

  2. Conduct research about the United Nations

    Every day the United Nations takes active steps to foster peaceful relations between its members and other countries. Today will be the best time to see just what they have been up to. You could check their website for recent updates concerning the organization and the world at large. This will give you a better understanding of where we are at when it comes to establishing global peace, and how far we need to go.

  3. Offer solutions

    Do you have ideas on how we can promote world peace and security? International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is the best opportunity to send in those ideas to the people of the U.N. Pen your in a well-written article or essay and see how you can pass that message across. If you don’t have an idea, today is also great for brainstorming for ways in which we can work toward a more peaceful world.

5 Interesting Facts About The United Nations

  1. Its peacekeeping budget is not overpriced

    The United Nations’ peacekeeping budget is less than 0.5% of global military spending.

  2. It defined human rights first

    The United Nations created the first documentation of the universal definition of fundamental human rights and the protection of them.

  3. It could have started earlier

    The United Nations was coined and first proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942.

  4. It feeds a lot of people

    The United Nations provides food for over 110 million people in over 80 countries through the World Food Programme (W.F.P.).

  5. They have a goal for 2030

    In 2015, countries came together hosted by the U.N. to create the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet by 2030.

Why International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is Important

  1. It promotes peace

    This day is all about promoting global peace and encouraging ways in which we can achieve this peace. We love a zen holiday that gears people toward a more peaceful situation, a more secure world, and International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace offers that on a platter.

  2. It fosters unity

    One of the major parts of this day is multilateralism, which is a concept that fosters the alliance of the world’s countries. We love this because it creates a sense of unity and shared struggle, allowing even the weakest amongst us to have a voice.

  3. It’s a worthy cause

    The promotion of peace, unity, and security is a worthy cause that we should all be proud of and eager to participate in. International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace reminds us that we are all fighting for the same cause, reminding us of what our true priorities should be.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace dates

YearDateDay
2023April 24Monday
2024April 24Wednesday
2025April 24Thursday
2026April 24Friday
2027April 24Saturday

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