In 1945, nations across the globe were in ruins. The second war had ended, and the world was ready for peace. Fifty-one countries gathered in San Francisco that year to sign a charter, effectively creating a new organization—the United Nations (UN).
Seventy-one years later, the United Nations continues to maintain peace and security, and today—24 October—marks the 68th anniversary of UN Day, an annual event to celebrate the role and goals of the UN and its charter.
“Humanity has entered the era of sustainability—with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, states in a quote on the UN Day website. “In this, the Organization’s 71st year, we have 17 goals to propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet. “
These ambitious—but vital—goals are outlined here and this link offers posters that demonstrate concrete actions people can take to help achieve them. How many of these actions can you implement in your classroom or school? In what other ways can you recognize the efforts of the UN?
Events to celebrate UN Day are planned throughout the world, including an inspiring concert featuring the Korean Traditional Music Orchestra, Lang Lang, the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir, and the Hungarian State Opera with performances by soprano Andrea Rost, and other notable artists. The theme of this year’s concert is “Freedom First.”
Want more info? Check out this article for 5 Fast Facts about UN Day You Need to Know.
~ The Teachers Media Team
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