Following the end of World War II, the Allied powers came together with the desire to have a forum where they could work together in the hopes of preventing future conflicts and wars. In the summer of 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization where they crafted and signed the UN Charter. In the months to follow, the U.S. Senate approved the UN Charter and the United Nations officially came into existence on October 24, 1945, after 29 nations had ratified the Charter.
As President Obama said in his 2012 United Nations Day proclamation, "Throughout its history, the United Nations Charter has reflected the belief that the world is more secure when the global community acts collectively." Dedicated to assuring "the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small," the institution has played an essential role in addressing the conditions that make the world more just and conflict less likely -- "caring for children, tending to the sick and pursuing peace in places wracked by conflict.”
Sixty-seven years after the UN's founding, the United States joins the global community in commemorating this historic day and marking the many ways that the United Nations supports our national interests. With robust U.S. support, the United Nations is providing food to tens of millions who need it around the world, assisting millions of refugees and people fleeing from war, famine or persecution, and is keeping the peace in regions wracked by conflict.
Join us in commemorating UN Day by finding an event hosted by your local United Nations Association; 100 Chapters are hosting more than 170 UN Day events across the nation. You can also participate in the United Nations Foundation's UN Day Twitter Chat with the Bureau of International Organization Affairs and experts from the United Nations today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. Send your questions now using #UNDay, and follow @State_IO on Twitter.