In the week around UN Day on October 24, senior representatives of the United Nations Family in Sierra Leone visited over 15 schools in Freetown to brief students about the work of the UN. Through this outreach programme called UN4U, the UN commemorated the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.
“United Nations Day is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress.” said the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on this day. “It is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world.”