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United Nations Day

24 October, 2021

United Nation Day marks the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter and the coming into being of United Nations (UN). Then 50 states and now made up of 193 Member States, the UN undertakes the following:

Maintains International Peace and Security by working to prevent conflict; helping parties in conflict make peace; peacekeeping; and creating the conditions to allow peace to hold and flourish.

Protects Human Rights by promoting and protecting human rights through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Delivers Humanitarian Aid by working with the international community to coordinate humanitarian relief operations due to natural and man-made disasters in areas beyond the relief capacity of national authorities alone.

Promotes Sustainable Development by advocating for prosperity and economic opportunity, greater social well-being and protection of the environment to improve the lives of people everywhere.

Upholds International Law through courts, tribunals, multilateral treaties and by the Security Council, which can approve peacekeeping missions, impose sanctions, or authorize the use of force when there is a threat to international peace and security, if it deems this necessary.



Image: United Nations logo

The olive wreath is an ancient symbol of peace. The map represents the UN’s influence globally.