UN Day 2017 marks the 72nd anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force, and celebrates everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment in 1945. 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. 24th October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. The main event of the day is the annual UN Day concert. The theme of 2017 concert is “Potential in Diversity” and is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations.
Founding the United Nations right after the very tragic World War II meant a very important idea to be embedded in every nation – that is to achieve peace. 24th of October marks that fall day in New York City in 1945 when nations ratified the Charter of the U.N. and launched humanity’s second major attempt at forming a world Parliament. Without the work of the United Nations, many experts believe, the world would have to deal with enormous levels of conflict and chaos—and would have to establish an international governmental body to maintain the world’s national and political equilibrium.
The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe and focuses on a broad range of issues, such as sustainable development, protection of the environment and refugees, disaster relief and mitigation, counter terrorism, as well as disarmament and non-proliferation.
It is an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the UN and its family of specialised agencies. To recognise the day, the UN, particularly its main offices in New York, The Hague, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi, organises special activities and events including concerts, discussions and debates on the significance of the work of the UN and proclamations by heads of state and other dignitaries.