The United Nations this Year Celebrates a Significant Milestone

On Oct. 24, 1945, the United Nations was created. Every year for the month of October, United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and its 200-plus chapters around the country activate in their communities by hosting events centered around a certain global issue.

This year marks a momentous milestone: the United Nation’s 75th anniversary.

This year—to celebrate the UN’s 75th anniversary—UNA-USA is reflecting on the past, celebrating the accomplishments of the present, and looking forward to progress, toward a better and brighter future for everyone, everywhere.

To help mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched UN75 to gather ideas and opinions from people everywhere. We gathered Americans’ voices from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico in order to understand what Americans think about the current and future state of the world.  You may explore the report here.

The United Nations N helps countries come together to solve global issues. The U.S. and the UN have made a lot of progress together over the last seven decades. As we mark the 75th anniversary, send a message to your elected officials asking them to sign-on to Representative Barbara Lee’s resolution—H. Res. 1024—to commemorate this historic day. You may send Congress a message by clicking here.

If you are unsure what the United Nations does, consider that it:

  • Maintains international peace and security
  • Protects human rights
  • Delivers humanitarian aid
  • Promotes sustainable development
  • Upholds international law

The term “human rights” was mentioned seven times in the UN’s founding Charter, making the promotion and protection of human rights a key purpose and guiding principle of the Organization, according to the United Nations.  In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights brought human rights into the realm of international law.  Since then, the Organization has diligently protected human rights through legal instruments and on-the-ground activities.

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