Celebrating UN Day

Today marks the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter. On October 24, 1945 the five permanent members and the majority of the 46 member countries established the UN. The first meeting took place in January of 1946 in London before the UN took up residence in Lake Success, New York until 1952. When the UN headquarters were completed on the east side of Manhattan, the UN moved to its current home.

The UN Charter, signed in June of 1945, sets forth the principles for the United Nations. It reflects the lessons learned from the two great wars and the human rights atrocities committed during World War II.

We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom…

The agencies created by the UN, like the WHO, WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR, play a role in supporting the development of nations and the safety of people around the world. The following infographic provides a sampling of the many things that the UN does today.

Please join us today by sharing your appreciate for the UN.