United Nations (UN) Day annually falls on October 24 and marks the anniversary of the United Nations coming into force in 1945.
On this day in 1945, the United Nations officially came into being when the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council (France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States), ratified the founding charter document.
24 October has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948. It is an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the UN and its family of specialised agencies. To recognise the day, the UN, particularly its main offices in New York, the Hague, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi, organises special activities and events including concerts, discussions and debates on the significance of the work of the UN and proclamations by heads of state and other dignitaries.
Last year’s UN Day focused on the eight UN Millennium Development Goals of:
- Ensuring environmental sustainability
- Achieving universal primary education
- Reducing child mortality
- Improving maternal health
- Developing a global partnership for development
- Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
- Promoting gender equality and empowering women
Learn more about UN Day on the UN website.