75 years of United Nations
As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary we highlighted the iconic moments of our enduring commitment to peace, development and security. Like Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, once stated: “today’s United Nations does more than ever before, it does it better than ever before. Yet, our work is far from complete. Indeed, it will never be”.
Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times
Nations United is a special film created by the United Nations on its 75th Anniversary. In the midst of a pandemic radically transforming our world, Nations United tells the story of the world as it is, as it was, and as it could be. It focuses on the solutions and action we need to tackle poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change.
The World We Want
On the United Nations 75th anniversary, we asked people around the world to share their vision of #TheWorldWeWant. This video, highlights photos from the virtual exhibit #TheWorldWeWant, a special collection of 75 photos curated from more than 50,000 images from over 130 countries, illustrating our common hopes and dreams for the future.
Hymn to the United Nations
Get inspired by this revived W.H. Auden’s Hymn to the United Nations. "Let music for peace Be the paradigm, For peace means to change At the right time, As the World-Clock, Goes Tick and Tock. So may the story Of our human city Presently move Like music, when Begotten notes New notes beget, Making the flowing Of time a growing".
How it all started
In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization to draw up the United Nations Charter. The United Nations officially came into existence on 24 October 1945, when the Charter had been ratified by a majority of signatories. Watch history in the making with this footage from the UN archives !
75th Anniversary of UN Charter
Today we face a global pandemic. Worldwide, people rightly raise their voices against racism. Confronting problems is a start. But we also have to solve them. We have a timeless guide to tackle our shared challenges and fix the world’s fragilities. That guide is the United Nations Charter. The Charter was signed 75 years ago – and its principles ring just as true today.
Girls from Kuma Garadayat, in North Darfur, celebrate the inauguration of six development projects, known as Quick Impact Projects, implemented by the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in 2012. These projects focus on areas such as education, sanitation and the empowerment of women, and include a clinic, a women’s’ centre and several schools. Learn more about all the United Nations milestones, from 1951 until today!
The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world – often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions – has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. The agency was recognized “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”. Last year, the WFP it assisted 97 million people in 88 countries. Learn more !
Celebrate UN Day by taking a special virtual tour of the UN headquarters in New York with one of our tour guides, LIVE from the comfort of your home. Learn more about the history of the Organization and its work in addressing global challenges in one of the six official languages of the organization. Book it today!