The United Nations, as an organization, is well known to just about everyone around the world. They participate in activities ranging from assistance in times of disaster, both those coming from natural disasters and those caused by the wages of war. They offer medical assistance to those in need in these places, as well as providing clean water, food, and places to rest and recover.
The UN has been represented as both hero and villain depending on which movie or show you wind up watching. United Nations Day celebrates the foundation of this great organization, and is a great opportunity for you to learn the truth about its past, its present, and what its plans are for the future.
History of United Nations Day
In 1945 the foundational treaty of the United Nations came into effect, the United Nations is an intergovernmental organization intent on create co-operation between all the governments of the world. It’s original intent was to replace the League of Nations, and prevent another war like World War II from occurring.
All the member states of the United Nations contribute finances to its operation to help further its goals. Aside from World Peace its role has grown to include protecting human rights, promoting social and economic development, and providing aid around the world in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.
The UN also represents a series of specialized agencies that enable it to do its job in each of the areas it focuses on, groups like the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization), the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), and more each handle their own individual aspect of its operation.
United Nations Day Celebrates the original enactment of the foundational charter for the UN.
How to Celebrate United Nations Day
Celebrating United Nations Day can be done by getting to know about this great organization and the differences it makes in your life. Some of the basic rights and privileges enjoyed by people around the world are a result of the work done by the United Nations. Recently, access to the Internet was declared a basic human right, a declaration which ensures that everyone has access to the world wide information and communication network. While this doesn’t guarantee that everyone will have the ability to access the internet, it does guarantee that everyone has the right to.
Additionally, celebrations are held around the world. Some of them are as simple as lighting up bridges and buildings with the trademark blue of the United Nations, others represent art from around the world and are used as part of an Art Installation.