Do you remember dressing up in the national costumes of different countries as a kid every October? You might have worn a Korean hanbok, an Indian sari, or even a Scottish kilt. As clueless as you were back then, you knew that you were part of a United Nations celebration.
United Nations is an organization that promotes human rights, social progress, and world peace and security. This October will be the UN’s 72nd anniversary. Here are three reasons why we celebrate this special occasion:
The UN was founded right after World War II.
The war claimed the lives of more than 60 million people. The United Nations organization was formed as an attempt to bring different countries of the world together. In fact, the Philippines was one of its 51 founding members! The UN Charter took effect on October 24, 1945. With its goal to achieve peace, the UN’s emblem contains two olive branches.
The UN is a symbol and a reminder of diversity.
Made up of over 190 countries at present, the organization is both culturally and socially diverse. It promotes equality and fights discrimination. The UN staff wear their national costumes on this special day. They actually celebrate it the same way we do here in the Philippines!
The UN saves lives.
Its programs such as the World Food Program and the U.N. Peacekeeping forces help to make the world a much better place. The United Nations organization also assists refugees by saving them from wars, conflict, famine and persecution. It takes an involved interest in its member countries and tries its best to reach out to those who are not.
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