UN CHARTER DAY

The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945.  Its values and goals are just as relevant today as they were 75 years ago. Join us to commemorate this landmark event 

 

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Mandate

In the framework of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations

General Assembly Resolution 73/299 decides “to commemorate, on 26 June 2020, the signing of the Charter of the United Nations, through a meaningful observance ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, open to Member States and observers of the General Assembly, as well as non-governmental organizations that are in consultative status with the Economic and
Social Council”.

Per the aforementioned resolution, the modalities of the ceremony have been determined by the President of the 74th session of the General Assembly. These modalities take into account the views of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society and youth.

 

 

 

 This commemoration

The UN Charter: Past, Present and Future

The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. The UN was conceived as a means of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war. The Charter calls for the UN to maintain international peace and security; promote social progress and better standards of life; strengthen international law; and promote human rights.

The values and goals of the Charter are just as relevant today as they were 75 years ago. The celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Charter’s signing will coincide with the conclusion of intergovernmental negotiations on a concise, substantive, forward-looking and unifying declaration that captures the collective commitment of Member States to multilateralism, and
the United Nations and their shared vision for a common future. The declaration will be adopted by consensus at the high-level UN75 commemoration meeting of the General Assembly on 21 September 2020.

In this framework, the theme for this commemoration will be reflecting on the meaning of the Charter –today and for decades to come –for all nations and peoples of the world. This is especially necessary in light of our current difficult circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic is the first truly global pandemic in the past century, and poses one of the most significant challenges the United Nations has faced since its inception. The Charter’s 75th anniversary provides a unique opportunity to take stock both of the successes and the lessons learned in its implementation over the last decades, as well as to look ahead and examine how to best collectively overcome current and future challenges. Such stock-taking will include the voices of Member States, as well as relevant stakeholders such as youth, civil society, and the private sector, in line with the inclusive spirit of the aforementioned UN75 Declaration.

The Decade of Action to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement are the best concrete illustrations today of the universal values embodied in the UN Charter. Building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic will require international and cross-sectoral cooperation. By reflecting on successes, as well as lessons learned, from the Charter’s past and current implementation, this event aims to inspire renewed confidence in multilateralism and galvanize collective action to build the future we want.

Solemn Commemoration

An introductory video and statements from the Main Organs of the UN

An introductory video will celebrate the UN milestones and achievements of the Charter, followed by commemorative statements by the Heads of the Main Organs of the UN. These will be accompanied by statements by the Chairs of the 5 Regional Groups, as well as the host country of the United States

Interactive dialogues

Panel discussions about the Charter’s relevance today and in future

Two successive panel discussions will engage eminent thinkers around forward-looking discussions around significance of the Charter, the 2030 Agenda, and how the UN can deliver on its commitments, while addressing global challenges

Closing Ceremony

A musical performance

We are honored that the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, representing two cities central to the history of the UN Charter, have joined us in celebrating 75 years since its signing.

 Live Event

Videos and written statements

The significance of the Charter, Words by Member States 

India

Message from H.E. Mr. T. S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Poland

Message from  HE Mr. Jacek Czaputowicz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Ecuador

Message from H.E. Mr. Luis Gallegos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Serbia

Message from H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Andorra

Message from H.E. Mrs. Maria Ubach Font, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Greece

Message from H.E. Mrs. Maria Theofili, Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Chile

Message from H.E. Mr. Milenko E. Skoknic, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Uzbekistan

Message from H.E. Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Belgium

Message from H.E. Philipe GOFFIN, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense of Belgium on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

El Salvador

Message from H.E. Mrs. Egriselda López, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Saudi Arabia

Message from H.E. Ambassador Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations  on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Nicaragua

Message from the Permanent Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Australia

Message from H.E. Mr. Mitch Fifield, Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Lebanon

Message by H.E. Dr. Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Nepal

Message by H.E. Amrit Bahadur Rai, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Venezuela

Message from H.E. Mr. Samuel Moncada, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Ukraine

Message by H.E. Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Cabo Verde

Message by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communities of the Republic of Cabo Verde on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Denmark

Message from H.E. Mr. Jeppe Kofod, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmarks on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Argentina

Mensaje del Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Internacional y Culto de la República Argentina, S.E. Felipe Carlos Solá, en ocasión del 75° Aniversario de la Firma de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas

Nigeria

Message by H. E. Geoffrey Onyema, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Malaysia

Message from Young Diplomats at the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Lesotho

Message by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Philippines

Message from H.E. Mr. Teodoro L. Locsin, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Cuba

Message by H. E. Mr. Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of Cuba on the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Mexico

Message by the Delegation of Mexico on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Lithuania

Message from H.E. Ms. Audra Plepytė, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Sri Lanka

Message by the Sri Lanka Delegation to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

United Arab Emirates

Message from H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Kyrgyz Republic

Message by H.E. Mr. Chingiz Aidarbekov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Switzerland

Message from H.E. Mr. Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Romania

Message by H.E. Mr. Bogdan Aurescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Portugal

Message from H.E. Mr. Augusto Santos Silva, Foreign Minister of Portugal on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Montenegro

Message by H. E. Mr. Srdjan Darmanović, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Fiji

Message by H. E. Dr. Satyendra Prasad, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Viet Nam

Message from H.E. Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Japan

Message from H.E. Mr. Ishikane Kimihiro, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Eswatini

Message from The Kingdom of Eswatini on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Liechtenstein

Message from H.E. Ms. Katrin Eggenberger, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture of the Principality of Liechtenstein on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Czech Republic

Message from H.E. Mr. Martin Povejšil, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Security and Multilateral Issues of the Czech Republic on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Iran

Message by H. E. Mr. Majid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Belarus

Message from H.E. Mr. Vladimir Makei, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Slovenia

Message from H.E. Dr. Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Republic of Korea

Message by H.E. Ambassador CHO Hyun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Austria

Message from H.E. Mr. Alexander Schallenberg, Foreign Minister of Austria on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Morocco

Message from H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Malta

Message from H.E. Mr. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Malta on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Italy

Message from H.E. Ms. Marina Sereni, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

South Africa

Message by H.E. Mr. Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

San Marino

Message from H.E. Mr. Luca Beccari, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Economic Cooperation and Telecommunications of the Republic of San Marino on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Netherlands

Message from H.E. Mr. Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Estonia

Message from H.E. Mr. Urmas Reinsalu, Foreign Minister of Estonia on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Ghana

Message from H.E. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Uruguay

Message from H.E. Mr. Ernesto Talvi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Thailand

Message by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Burundi

Message from H.E. Mr. Albert Shingiro, Permanent Representative of Burundi to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Togo

Message du Togo à l’occasion de la Commémoration du 75ème anniversaire de la signature de la Charte des Nations Unies

Singapore

Message from H.E. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Sudan

Message by H.E. Mr. Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sudan to the United Nations the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Maldives

Message from H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Cyprus

Message from H.E. Mr. Andreas Mavroyiannis, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Brazil

Message by H.E. Mr. Ernesto Araújo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Costa Rica

Message from H.E. Mr. Rodolfo Solano Quirós, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Colombia

Message from H.E. Mr. Guillermo Fernández de Soto, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Bangladesh

Message by H.E. Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Paraguay

Message from H.E. Mr. Antonio Rivas Palacios, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Paraguay on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Kazakhstan

Message by H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

United Kingdom

Message from Mr. Brad Gudger, UK Youth Voice Champion on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

New Zealand

Message by H. E. Mr. Craig J. Hawke, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Armenia

Message from H.E. Mr. Mher Margaryan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Qatar

Message by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Deputy Prime Minster and Minster of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Bolivia (Plurinational State)

Message from H.E. Ms. Karen Longaric, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Azerbaijan

Message by H.E. Mr. Yashar Aliyev, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Sweden

Message from H.E. Ms. Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Latvia

Message from H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Luxembourg

Message from H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

European Union

Message from H.E. Mr Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

Pacific Islands Forum

Message by H.E. Mr. Samuelu Laloniu, Pacific Islands Forum and Permanent Representative of Tuvalu to the United Nations on the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter

Holy See

Message from H.E Mr. Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States on the 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter.

FILAC

Declaración del Fondo para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina y el Caribe (FILAC) Observador Permanente de la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas en ocasión del 75° Aniversario de la Firma de la Carta de las Naciones Unidas