October 24, 2016

5 Things to Know about United Nations Day

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  • Here in the Philippines, schools celebrate United Nations Day with a parade of costumes and flags of different nations, and holds lessons about cultural diversity. This is true to the spirit of the United Nations that commemorates friendship and partnership of nations.

    1.) United Nations Day is celebrated on October 24

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    In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 24, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for its work.”

    Occasionally, a whole day activity is being held to celebrate the United Nations Day.

    2.) The Philippines is among the 51 founders of the United Nations.

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    (Image grabbed from mononokereport.com

    The United Nations (UN) System in the Philippines began in 1945 when the Philippines joined 49 other nations in signing the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, U.S.A.  Since the Charter came into force on 24 October 1945, the partnership between the Government of the Philippines has been growing steadily

    Not only we are among the 51 founders of the United Nations, we also benefit from it; just the recent Yolanda disaster in which 95% aid received by the victims are from the U.N such as the World Food Program, UNICEF, and Habitat.

     

    3.) There are 6 official languages in the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. (Image grabbed from Linguistics Society of America )

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    4.) The United Nations staff members observe United Nations Day by wearing their national costumes.

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    (Image grabbed from All Pinoy News)

    As mentioned earlier, people all over the world, especially schools, not only here in Philippines celebrates United Nations Day with a parade of colors and even a program for a whole day. (Image grabbed from www.askideas.com

    5.) United Nations aims ‘World Peace’

    In this photo released by Middle Way Meditation Institute, Philippines, through Nutannan Srithorn, thousands of youths release into the sky paper lanterns to celebrate "World Peace Through Meditation" in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record Friday May 24, 2013 at the University of the Philippines campus at Miagao, Iloilo city in central Philippines. The organizers claimed to have released 15,185 sky lanterns breaking the current Guinness World Record of 12,740 sky lanterns released in a single event. The old record in 2012, the 12,740 sky lanterns were released in a single event in Romania during the opening of a shopping mall. (AP Photo/Wanlop Kiettijanon, Middle Way Meditation Institute, Philippines)

    Image grabbed from Odyssey Online

    Its objectives are to promote and facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedoms, democracy, and the achievement of lasting world peace.

    To sum it all up, the U.N doesn’t only save lives. They also help refugees, fights climate change and promotes sustainable management. So this coming October 24th, let’s reflect and highlight the works of the United Nations in the most simplest ways as possible.

    Sources: Rappler Wikipedia United Nations Philippines

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