United Nations Day - History
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Rights for all
The UN passed its first resolution recognizing the rights of LGBT+ people.
Proof it works
A study by the RAND Corporation found the UN to be successful in two out of three peacekeeping efforts.
October 24 is officially named United Nations Day.
The United Nations were established after the events of World War II.
United Nations Day FAQs
Why do we celebrate United Nations Day?
United Nations Day is celebrated to commemorate the day that 51 countries came together to promote peace throughout the world post World War II.
How is UN Day celebrated?
Every year the global network of UN Information Centers organizes multiple events to mark the day.
What is the main purpose of the United Nations?
How to Observe United Nations Day
Take a guided tour of the UN headquarters
The United Nations Visitors Centre offers guided tours, in both the New York headquarters and the Geneva facilities, giving you access to see where all the action takes place. In a little under an hour, you can walk through General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council Chamber. You’ll also have the chance to get in-depth information about all of the UN’s biggest achievements and its celebrated Millennial Development Goals.
There are innumerable ways you can help the UN bring its global visions to life. For starters, take a look through all the specialized agencies that are a part of the UN, and see if there is any particular cause that tugs at your heart. Whether it’s advancing medicine around the world (World Health Organization), improving the lives of children (UNICEF) or even developing sustainable tourism plans (UN World Tourism Organization), you’ll likely find a cause you’re eager to support through donations or volunteer work.
Take it to social media
If you’ve learn anything about the UN in your research today, share it on social media. Quick statistics are a great way to catch people’s attention, or you can link out to especially inspiring or important work the UN is doing. However you do it, today is the perfect day to help spread the global message of better living the UN has supported for decades.
Why United Nations Day is Important
The UN eliminated polio
Poliomyelitis, or polio, was once a disease that left millions of children paralyzed all over the world. But thanks to the organization’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the devastating disease has been eliminated from nearly every country. Some estimates put the number of children who are polio-free because of this initiative at an astounding 5 million, spread across 125 countries.
The UN is on a mission to end hunger
In the wake of the global food price crisis of 2008, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the European Union teamed up to implement the EU Food Facility. Through the program, the groups spent $1 billion to fight hunger in 50 different countries, ultimately helping 59 million people. And this is only one of several initiatives put forth by the UN and its partners to cut in half the number of people suffering from hunger.
The UN has given women a voice
The rise of women in public office and private companies all over the world in the last half century has been a positive shift in global cultures and economies, and the UN has supported it throughout it all. In 1995, the UN held the World Women Conference, where 189 countries came together to set an agenda for promoting and advancing women’s rights and equally.