United Nations Day recognizes the founding of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The celebration is observed annually on October 24th.
U.N. Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions, and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization.
The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people and cares for the Earth, our one and only home. ~ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Today the United Nations consists of 193 member states and 2 observer states. The mission of the United Nation is to maintain international peace and security.
The UN also sets terms for protecting human rights around the world. In 1948, they created international law with a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The member nations deliver humanitarian aid to populations in crisis. The first aid delivered was an immediate response to the devastation following World War II.
Another aim of the international organization is to promote sustainable development.
Some major achievements of the UN include:
- The UN peacekeeping budget is less than 0.5% of global military spending
- Their World Food Programme (WFP) provides food and assistance to 91 million people in 83 countries
- They also supply vaccines to 45% of the world’s children
- The UN helps people who displaced by violence, conflict, and persecution.