The United Nations Day is marked to know the aim and achievements of the United Nations Organizations and the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. It is observed every year on 24th October and the celebration started from 20th October to 26th October.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution during 1971 “the United Nations Resolution 2782” which declares that the United Nations Day will be an international holiday or International observance day and also public holiday for the United Nation member state.
Theme of United Nations Day 2021
This year the theme of United Nations Day 2021 is- Building Back Together for Peace and Prosperity
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us in the best possible way that we are strongly interlinked and can create resilience against potential pandemics and other global threats only through working together and in unity.
The Secretary General launched a global discussion in January 2021 that asked people about their future hopes and concerns and goals for international cooperation through interviews and dialogues.
On the occasion of UN Day, which is observed annually, people have the chance to expand our common agenda and reaffirm the UN Charter’s purposes and principles, which have guided us for the past 76 years. A concert to commemorate UN Day is typically held in the General Assembly Hall at the Organization’s New York headquarters. It’s a time for nations and people to work together for a more peaceful and prosperous future, and the 2021 Concert is an invitation as the world begins to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
History of United Nations Day
“United Nations” the name came by the United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt which was used on 1st January 1942 during the Second World War in the declaration by the United Nations. In 1945, the representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organizations to draw United Nations Charter.
On 26 June 1945, the Charter was signed by the representatives of 50 countries. Later, Poland signed the Charter which was not represented at the conference and after that Poland was one of the original 51 Member States.
On 24October the United Nations officially came into existence when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by the Majorities of other signatories from then 24 October is celebrated is United Nations Day each year.
What UN Do?
The United Nations Day acknowledges and commemorates for which the U.N stands in the world. It helps people to remember the purpose of the United Nations which are-
- Maintain peace and Security
- Protect Human Rights
- Promote Sustainable Development
- Deliver Humanitarian Aid
Significance of the UN Logo and Flag
The UN logo was created during the United Nations Conference on International Organization with a team of designers and the team was led by Oliver Lincoln Lundquist. The logo was approved on 7th December 1946. It has been incorporated with the logos of several UN family members and it also used on United Nations stamps.
—->The UN EMBLEM
The design of UN Emblem is a map of the world which represents the azimuthal equidistant projection centered on North pole, the projection is marked with wreath consisting of crossed conventional branches of olive trees, the field of smoke-blue where water areas in white. The projection of the map extends to 60-degree south latitude which also includes five concentric circles.
—–>The United Nations Flag
The UN Flag is the official Emblem of the United Nations centered with white on a light blue background.
The United Nations work with different specialized agencies which includes the World Health Organizations (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
UN Day Celebration
Each year various events are organized to mark UN Day with different activities like ceremonies, seminars, film screening, art competitions, media campaigns, social media campaigns, student briefings, panel discussions and many more.