The ideas around the United Nations were developed in the last years of World War II, particularly during the UN Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, beginning on April 25, 1945. The UN was officially created when a UN charter was ratified on October 24 that year. The United Nations is an international organization engaged in the diplomatic and peaceful communication between the countries of the world. The organization oversees issues like human rights, international security, political freedoms and democracy with an end goal of achieving world peace.
United Nations Day was first observed on October 24, 1948. The UN recommended that United Nations Day should be a public holiday in member states since 1971. There were also calls for United Nations Day to be an international public holiday to bring attention to the work, role and achievements of the UN and its family of specialized agencies. These have been spectacular, particularly in the fields of human rights, support in areas of famine, eradication of disease, promotion of health and settlement of refugees.
The UN does not work alone but together with many specialized agencies, including: the World Health Organization (WHO); the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); International Labour Organization (ILO); United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
This event recognizes the United Nation organization and all who serve and participate in this world organization.
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist.