United Nations Day
The United Nations is an international organization that was created to give countries the opportunity to meet together and discuss important world issues. These issues include international conflicts, world peace, and social justice for humanity. The United Nations encourage resolutions without war, and form policies on international issues.
The United Nations has four main purposes. These purposes are:
- Maintaining worldwide peace and security,
- Developing relations among nations,
- Fostering cooperation between nations in order to solve economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian international problems, and
- Providing a forum for bringing countries together to meet the UN’s purposes and goals.
History of United Nations Day
Shortly after World War II ended, representatives from 51 countries got together and drew up the United Nations Charter. On October 24, 1945 the United Nations officially came into existence. The Charter was sanctioned by China, France, Soviet Union, United Kingdom, United States of America, and many more countries and has been celebrated every year.
United Nations Day is committed to letting people all over the globe know the goals and achievements of the United Nations Organization. This year’s United Nations Day theme was, “concrete actions people can take to help achieve The Sustainable Development Goals”
According to UN Secretary –General Ban Ki-moon, “Humanity has entered the era of sustainability – with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet.”
Therefore, to achieve sustainable development the following practical goals have been identified:
- Donate what you don’t use
- Avoid throwing away food
- Vaccinate your family
- Avoid wasting water
- Think of innovative ways to re-purpose old material
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum
- Avoid using plastic bags to keep the oceans safe and clean
Sources:[1.] United Nations – http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/ – http://www.un.org/en/sections/history/history-united-nations/ – http://www.un.org/en/events/unday/posters.shtml [2.] Study – http://study.com