Editorial: Celebration of United Nations Day

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Editorial: Celebration of United Nations Day


October 24 is United Nations (UN) Day to commemorate the launch of the UN Charter in 1945. It highlights the global role of the UN, guided by the principles of humanity, unity, and peace. This years theme is Partnerships for Global Progress. UN Day is observed around the world to raise awareness of the work, goals, and achievements of the UN and its family of specialized agencies, especially in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions, environment protection, human rights promotion, health and nutrition, and settlement of refugees. Activities organized by UN offices worldwide the main offices in New York City; the Hague, the Netherlands; Geneva, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; and Nairobi, Kenya include discussions, meetings, exhibits, cultural shows, food fairs, and concerts. In the Philippines, schools hold UN Day with a parade of flag-waving children dressed in costumes of member-countries of the UN. Government and school buildings display the UN flag. The creation of a League of Nations was embodied in the Treaty of Versailles, signed in France on June 28, 1919, to end World War I. Ideas on the UN were developed after World War II by 51 states which met at the UN Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, United States of America, on April 25, 1945. The UN was officially established when the UN Charter was ratified on October 24 that year and UN Day was first observed on October 24, 1948. …

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