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United Nations Day, 24 October

"The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people, and cares for the earth, our one and only home."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Headquarters lit in UN blue.
UN Headquarters lit in UN blue © UN Photo

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.

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