#UNDay Challenge: Harness Your Power as a Global Citizen

Posted by Ashli L. Savoy
October 23, 2014
College Students Participate in Model UN Conference at UN Headquarters in New York

This October 24th marks the 69th celebration of United Nations Day, the day the founding Charter of the United Nations entered into force and a day to reaffirm our commitment to the UN’s founding principles of peace, cooperation, and collective action. Since October 24, 1945 we have seen countless examples of how the United Nations and its affiliated agencies are invaluable and indispensable when it comes to addressing shared challenges -- and more importantly, when it comes to advancing U.S. national interests.

With robust U.S. support, the United Nations is providing food to tens of millions in need around the world, assisting millions of refugees and displaced people fleeing from war, famine or persecution, and is keeping the peace in regions wracked by conflict. This UN Day we pause to recognize that over the last seven decades, this irreplaceable, if imperfect, international system has grown to respond to the world’s expanding  aspirations and to address its growing challenges.

So, while we take note of the UN’s growth and accomplishments since 1945, we must not lose sight of the burning issues we are asking it to tackle today.  Those issues include the Ebola epidemic, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, advancing the human rights of LGBT individuals, charting a course for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and much more.

On this UN Day, we encourage you to add your voice to the conversation about the important issues of the day.  You don’t need to be a diplomat to get involved, you only need be a global citizen.  Here are several ways you can get started:

  • Join the discussion online

Wish the UN a Happy Birthday, and follow the global conversation on Twitter using #UNDay and #HappyBirthdayUN!

Every year, UNA-USA Chapters hold events across the country on October 24th to commemorate the 1945 signing of the United Nations Charter. Find a UNA-USA event near you on this calendar.

MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with partners aimed at capturing people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty. You can also join the global conversation and post-2015 debate here.

Without needing any previous knowledge of the UN or Model UN, students can become UN delegates and hone leadership, problem-solving, and public speaking skills in a 60-minute lesson plan. Check out the State Department’s new Model UN web page to download the app and for other resources.

  • #WatchHungerStop: Free Tees and Donated Meals

Michael Kors partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to launch Watch Hunger Stop, an initiative to help fight global hunger. Michael Kors announced that he’ll personally donate 100 meals to children in need for each person who posts a picture in their Watch Hunger Stop tee on social media using the hashtag #WatchHungerStop.

Free & Equal is an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.  If you believe that all people are born free and equal regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, take the pledge and encourage your friends to join you.  Free & Equal recently celebrated its first year, during which the campaign's message of acceptance and equality reached more than a billion people. Watch the short video One Billion Rising to learn more about the campaign's work and impact to date.

Developed by Plan International, the UN’s Global Education First Initiative and A World at School with support from UNICEF and the UN’s Girls Education Initiative, see ways youth can mobilize to achieve universal education with the Global Education Advocacy Toolkit.

About the Author: Ashli Savoy serves as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

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Mahmoud A.
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Egypt
October 24, 2014
Happy Birthday UN. However, I don't agree on considering the LGBT as a human nature. I also don't agree with abolishing the death penalty for the people's killers.
R.MUTHURAJ R.
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India
October 24, 2014

Pray for world peace - U.N.O Theme
The green peace lover voluntary and self interest environment protection group
(10% Awareness and advt; 100% Implementation)
A Kendriya Vidyalayas Air Force Station ,C.R.F.P and V .M. Hr. Sce School (HVF) Students Avadi Chennai
Our Motto and achievement
Every has 1440 minutes a day Let us at least spend 10 minutes for environment protection and 10 minutes pray for word peace and love
Every world brothers and sisters full life time follow. We wish,prayer and long dream.

ALI A.
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United States
October 24, 2014
The Millenium Development Goal (MDG) on Education seem not achieved and this should prioritize all UN Development Agenda, Thanks for all effort on Peace Keeping round the world, We are still facing another challenge either man made or natural which Ebola have ravaged nations with no hope of an immediate solution, Each Country have to be equip to either ready for a quick disaster control else the world is not safe, Epidermics earlier affect a Village, but now the world is now a global village, IN MY TERM means When a Country is not safe the world is not safe, UN should keep the good work
Tina G.
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Liberia
October 24, 2014
I wish the UNITED NATIONS a Happy 69th Anniversary!!!!! Hope that world health and peace is the major issue on the minds of every one celebrating today.
chandan t.
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India
October 24, 2014
I dont want to call myself a citizen of a particular country or a people from a particular religion/race.So I request you to start global citizen programme after which I can proudly say that world is my country,All mankind are my brethren and to do good is my religion.
Aminata T.
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Virginia, USA
October 24, 2014
The globals to end poverty is to work all together around the world. We must help most the countries under development to fight poverty by educating them and creating jobs that will help any country for his development economic and cultural.
Kenneth L.
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Texas, USA
October 24, 2014
To be hated, neglected or otherwise made to feel unwanted and unloved is a painful thing for any human for any reason. Stop hate and indifference through awareness and education.
Ln F.
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Bangladesh
October 24, 2014
Shouldering and with solidarity with UN.
Connie H.
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United States
October 24, 2014
Happy Birthday United Nations! :)
KABI U.
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Nepal
October 24, 2014
''LET'S UNITE UNITE LET'S UNITE ALL TOGETHER TO BUILD ONE FAMILY UNDER THIS UNIVERSE''
ONWUKEME C.
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Nigeria
October 24, 2014
I hope to join on global issues.

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