United Nations Day is celebrated every year on October 24 to mark the anniversary of the formation of this organization and highlight the importance of world peace and security.
United Nations Day marks a new era, where peace, cooperation, and equality are more important than war. It reminds us that humans can come together and unite with values of love, peace, and justice and also can fight for their rights.
In order to be humane, people with diverse cultures, races, traditions, and languages can come together and work as one united family.
United Nations Day History & Significance
The first United Nations Day was observed in the year 1948 on October 24, which marked the birth of the UN. in 1971, this day was marked as a public holiday among the member states.
The United Nations Day is all about celebrating diversity. It celebrates the diversity of religions, cultures, and languages all across the globe. Countries globally come together to spread awareness about the idea of harmony and peace among every nation.
October 24 is a reminder of equality, diversity, friendly relations among nations, unity, peace, human rights, universal respect for justice, and fundamental freedom
The United Nations
The United Nations was commemorated in the year 1945, soon after the Second World War with 51 countries involved in maintaining peace and security all across the globe. The sole aim of this international organization was to promote friendly relations among nations and encourage them towards social progress, human rights, and better living standards.
Now with 193 member states, the UN has powers to undertake a wide range of issues and act over the same through the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Security Council, and others.
Apart from working on peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and conflict prevention, the United Nations also works towards a variety of fundamental issues like the environment, sustainable development, disaster relief, human rights, counter-terrorism, refugee protection, gender equality, women empowerment, economic and social development, food production, health, and much more to secure the world for future generations.
The four main purposes of the UN include: to maintain peace across the globe, to co-ordinate friendly relations among countries, to works towards improving the lives of the underprivileged and combat hunger, illiteracy, disease, and to be the leader in executing these goals.
United Nations Day Theme 2023
United National Day Theme 2023 is not announced yet. Celebrating the 77th anniversary, last year’s theme was ‘End Racism and build peace‘. In 2021, the theme was ‘Creating a blueprint for a better future’. Accomplishing our life goals is a major concern of our lives. We are mostly involved in planning, managing, and executing our goals. This planning of goals is very important.
In order to achieve success, we need to create a blueprint of all that we want to fulfill. This year’s theme of creating a blueprint for a better future follows the same idea. In order to have a better future, we need to plan it in advance and follow it.
The theme of 2022 highlights the various global issues that are hindering in achieving the sustainable goals of the UN, and focuses on the ways and ideas of tackling them in creating a better and secure future.
How is United Nations Day Celebrated?
On this day, we have so many things that we can do and we are not bound to a specific choice. People from across the globe come together and participate in different activities to celebrate this day.
For instance, in a few countries, parades and exhibitions are conducted. In other countries, people join each other for a delicious meal with friends from different countries. The idea behind this is to stay united even after different backgrounds and celebrate diversity.
Do you know, the UN is responsible for feeding more than 90 million people across the world? They promote women and child health and aid refugees trying to escape a war. They are also responsible for helping the world with climate change. Sustainable development and green practices are all because of the UN. All these efforts of the UN are honored and remembered on this day.
Also, the following is a list of ideas that you can get involved in on United Nations Day:
- If you know someone from a different country, you can visit them and let them know about your culture and likewise, you can ask them to brief you about their culture as well.
- You can volunteer for various UN parades, and participate in different activities like quiz competitions, painting, debates, and more.
- Post about this day on your social media handle and aware the world of the need to be united.
- Volunteer to work for various organizations of the UN.
- In your contribution to protecting the environment, involve yourself in a small act like recycling or anything else and bring a change.
Official Languages of the UN
The UN dons six official languages. If you wish to be a linguist at the UN, these are the languages you can work on: