United Nations Week and United Nations Day

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United Nations Week and United Nations Day


THE "United Nations" was the idea of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The name was first used in the "Declaration by United Nations" on January 1, 1949, where representatives of 26 nations in World War II pledged their governments to fight together to defeat the Axus Powers. After the end of the war, representatives of 50 countries gathered in San Francisco from April 25 to June 26, 1945, and drew up the United Nations Charter. They ratified it on October 24, 1945, thus giving birth to the United Nations.

The UN was established to promote global understanding; strengthen ties among nations; and advance human rights, health care, security, and education throughout the world. It reflects the efforts of world leaders to create a government of One Humanity where race, religion, and other barriers are erased. To this end, the United Nations General Assembly in 1947 declared October 24 as "United Nations Day" to inform the world about the aims, activities, and achievements of the UN and gain global support for this world body. In 1956, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution declaring the period October 20-26 as "United Nations Week."

We celebrate "UN Week" this week with "UN Day" today as the centerpiece of our activities.

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