UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.
The United Nations, as an organisation, is well known to just about everyone around the world. It is an international organization engaged in the diplomatic and peaceful communication between the countries of the world. The organization oversees issues like human rights, international security, political freedoms and democracy with an end goal of achieving of world peace.
As the most representative inter-governmental organisation of the world today, the United Nations' role in the world affairs is irreplaceable by any other international or regional organizations. The United Nations has made enormous positive contributions in maintaining international peace and security, promoting cooperation among states and international development.
Today, people of the world still face the two major issues of peace and development. Only by international cooperation can mankind meet the challenges of the global and regional issues. The United Nations can play a pivotal and positive role in this regard. Strengthening the role of the United Nations in the new century and promoting the establishment of a just and reasonable international political and economic order goes along with the trend of history and is in the interest of all nations.
Today, United Nations Day acknowledges and commemorates all that the U.N stands in the world. It also helps people remember what the four main purposes of the United Nations are: to maintain peace and security all over the world develop relationships among member nations, foster an atmosphere of communication between nations, and provide a forum to bring countries together to meet the purposes and goals of the U.N.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) celebrate the United Nations Day because it is a vital commemoration of the values which today organisations embrace, including WAY. Those values are the forth principles of humanity which are unity and world peace. Acknowledging the importance of adapting these values of humanity; we recognise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and adopt them in our programmes, events as well as our daily activities.
We therefore urge young people to be part of the UN day celebrations because they are the young leaders that can contribute fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media.