United Nations Day
United Nations Day has been celebrated since 1948. However, it wasn't until 1971 that the General Assembly suggested it be observed as a public holiday. The day marks the anniversary of the United Nations Charter that was initiated on October 24, 1945. Every year, there are conventions and exhibits around the world to discuss the goals and achievements of the Organization.
How the UN helps:
- The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is a large contributor to the development of international conventions to save our planet's fragile ecosystem.
- Every time you mail a letter across an international boundary it travels safely to its destination, thanks to the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
- No one needs fear small pox - ever, anywhere - thanks to the eradication program of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Children, and their families, can count on support and nourishment, thanks to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
- Your works of art or invention are protected under rules adopted through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).