Information: United Nations Day: 'Global Citizenship and Youth'

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Information: United Nations Day: 'Global Citizenship and Youth'


United Nations (UN) DAY is on October 24 to commemorate the adoption of the UN Charter in 1945. This years theme is, Global Citizenship and Youth. Celebrated since 1948, UN Day activities that highlight and reflect on the work of the UN and its specialized agencies are organized by all parts of the UN, particularly in main offices in New York, the Hague, Netherlands, Geneva, Switzerland, Vienna, Austria and Nairobi, Kenya. These include concerts, flying the UN flag on buildings, food festival, discussions on the work of the UN in modern times, and meetings and exhibits on the achievements of the UN. In many Philippine schools, it is traditional to hold a parade of flag-waving students donning national costumes of various nations. The Philippines is among 51 founding members of the UN. In 1945, it signed the UN Charter in San Francisco, United States. General Carlos P. Romulo, Philippine ambassador to the UN from 1946 to 1954, distinguished himself as the first Asian to become president of the UN General Assembly on Sept. 20, 1949. The United Nations Childrens Fund opened its office in Manila, the first in Asia, in 1948, followed by Western Pacific Regional Office of World Health Organization, and World Food Programme. …

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