United Nations Day is devoted to making known to people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from 20 to 26 October. The United Nations has, however, declared 2017 as the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’.
United Nations 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. The day is celebrated because the U.N initiates programs to save lives of women, children help eradicate disease outbreaks, protect and provide for refugees affected by natural disasters and conflict, also fights climate change and promote sustainable development in the world.
All the member states of the United Nations contribute finances to its operation to help further its goals. Aside from world peace, its role has grown to include protecting human rights, promoting social and economic development, and providing aid around the world in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.
Each year, the global network of UN Information Centers organizes a variety of events to mark UN Day. Activities range from ceremonies, seminars, panel discussions, symposiums to series of briefings for students, art competitions, rallies, film screenings and book/photo exhibitions, media campaigns- including interviews and newspaper supplements- and social media campaigns.