United Nations Day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter which occurred on October 24, 1945. The United Nations is an international organization engaged in the diplomatic and peaceful communication between the countries of the world. The UN oversees issues like human rights, international security, political freedoms and democracy. Their end goal is the achievement of world peace. United Nations Day is observed on October 24th each year.
- The beginning of the United Nations can be traced back to the formation of the ‘League of Nations’. This group was formed at the end of World War I with the Treaty of Versailles.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt first used the term ‘United Nations’ during World War II. This is when 26 countries came together and pledged to support one another in the war effort as theAxis powers.
- The United Nations headquarters are located in New York City. The land which the building occupy are not considered part of the US. The land and buildings are under the sole authority of the United Nations, although they have a treaty agreement with the US to attempt to conform to all local, state and federal laws. (Source: un.org)
- There are 193 member states of the United Nations.
- Cook an international meal, trying new foods and flavors.
- Visit the un.org
- Attend an international bazaar or festival.
- Host an international fair for neighborhood kids. Have samples of food, clothing, songs, and language present from each country. Ask people from different ethnic backgrounds to host a country similar to their background.
- Visit the UNICEF website and learn about the UN efforts in regards to children around the world.