A Colorful Culture - United Nation’s Day – October 24th
The term “United Nations” was first coined in 1941 by United States President Franklin Roosevelt to describe the Allied countries of World War II that included the US, Russia, China and the United Kingdom. It has now become an iconic international organization which originally consisted of 26 governments who all signed the “Declaration by United Nations.”
The UN is the central information and action center for global efforts to solve problems that challenge people of all countries around the world. Currently there are 193 Members; with South Sudan being the last country to join in 2011. Click here for the full list: United Nations Members
As defined by the Charter of the United Nations the 4 primary purposes of the Union are:
1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
4. To be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
In 1948, during the UN General Assembly, there was a declaration that October 24th would be the day to observe the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations. This day was fondly coined as United Nations Day. It’s a day for all to reflect on what more we can do to help achieve the vision of a better world. Below are some suggested activities for your domestic and international staff to take part in:
- “Attend a Cultural Performance” – Dine at a local ethnic restaurant where they have nightly performers, set up a cultural movie viewing party, or attend a museum exposing your staff to the arts of another culture.
- “Host an International Potluck” – Pick the time and location and invite your staff to bring their traditional or favorite food dishes and have other staff members experience new flavors and most of all, new foods!
10 United Nations Facts to Share:
To learn more about the United Nation structure, check out this UN system chart.