NOT JUST ANOTHER DAY
To most American citizens, October 24th is just another day on the calendar; daily routines and business is conducted without any inkling as to what the date represents.
For members of the United Nations Association and United Nations Foundation, there is a special meaning to the day; it is U.N. Day -- a day that marks the anniversary of the founding of this global institution in 1945.
UNA-USA's 2011 U.N. Day theme is "The United Nations -- in Everyone's Interest". There is quite a bit of hard work that goes into this day by many good and thoughtful people. This is something to be kept firmly planted in our minds as we participate in activities commemorating this day. Unfortunately, many wish to see the world body diminished in its capacity to do its work.
THE U.N.: STILL RELEVANT 66 YEARS LATER
When leaders gathered in San Francisco in 1945, for what was formally known as the United Nations Conference on International Organization, the delegates could never have imagined that what they were about to do would still have such a profound impact on so many today.
On October 24, 1945, the required number of nations present at the conference ratified the Charter of the United Nations and this day officially became what we know today as U.N. Day.
EDUCATING THE MASSES
When Americans think of the U.N., they envision images of blue-helmeted peacekeepers keeping the peace in a remote part of the world subsequent to some violent conflict.