What Is United Nations Day

October 24, 2012 by  

What Is United Nations Day, The Philippines, one of the original members of the United Nations (UN), joins the global celebration of this year’s UN Day. The United Nations was founded in 1945 by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

UN Day marks the Anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter. The first UN Day was observed in 1948. With the powers vested in it by its Charter, the UN is able to “take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and other bodies and committees.”

Although the global organization is best known for its peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and humanitarian assistance, the UN and its specialized agencies, work on a broad range of fundamental issues. These issues include sustainable development, environment protection, promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, and expanding food production, for a safer and better world for the current and future generations.

United Nations Day is traditionally observed worldwide with meetings, conferences and discussions, and exhibits highlighting the goals and achievements of the global organization. In the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs usually holds forums focusing on timely global issues and the UN goals. Schools organize awareness-raising activities, which usually feature the progress of the UN Millennium Development Goals in the country. They also stage parades participated in by pupil wearing national costumes of UN member countries. Essay, poetry, and poster-making competitions are also held.

The Manila Bulletin led by its Chairman Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Caba?es, Officers and Staff, greet the United Nations, its Officers, Staff and Members led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna Yuri V. Fedotov, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and Director-General of the UN Office at Nairobi Sahle-Work Zewde, on the occasion of United Nations Day 2012. We wish them all the best and success in all their undertakings. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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