United Nations Day 2019 — October 24

To celebrate today, we have to think big. We have to think about 70 years of history, struggle, and accomplishment. We have to think globally. Because today, on United Nations Day, we celebrate the anniversary of the UN Charter of 1945. But today isn’t only a day of looking back at history — it’s a day for taking note at what the UN is doing presently to build a better world, and how it plans to continue this well into the future. While United Nations Day celebrates the ratification of the 1945 Charter, it wasn’t until 1948 that October 24th was named the official holiday. Then in 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that any country that makes up the UN should recognize it as a public holiday. Today marks the 72nd United Nations Day, which UN leaders say is meant to highlight the grave importance of sustainable development. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has ensured that the organization has put together 17 goals it plans to meet by 2030, all in the name of creating a better life for everyone on the planet. So take a moment today to consider the incredible impact the United Nations has had in every corner of the globe for more than 70 years.