“As the UN turns 75, the world faces colossal challenges. But with global solidarity and cooperation, we can overcome them. That’s what the UN is all about.” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and its founding 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. Hence, 24 October has been celebrated annually as the UN Day by its member states and other stakeholders.
The United Nations is an international organisation and its four main purposes are: to maintain peace and security all over the world, to develop relationships among member nations, to foster an atmosphere of communication between nations, and to provide a forum to bring countries together to meet the purposes and goals of the United Nations. This organisation oversees issues like: human rights, international security, political freedoms, and democracy with an end goal of achieving of world peace.
For the past 75 years, United Nations has made enormous positive contributions in maintaining international peace and security, promoting cooperation among states, and international development. This anniversary comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. Nonetheless, it is also a reminder that times of struggle can become an opportunity for positive change and transformation.
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.
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.
These challenging times have reminded us how close and interconnected we are only by working together and in solidarity we can build resilience against future pandemics and other global challenges. We therefore urge young people to be part of the #UN75Day celebration by contributing fresh ideas, taking proactive measures, and mobilising them through social media.
Let us together realise our shared vision of a better and peacful world, for all!