The United Nations Day and its founding Charter is celebrated annually on 24 October by its member states and other stakeholders. This international organisation has four main purposes and those are: to maintain peace and security all over the world, to develop relationships among member nations, to foster an atmosphere of communication between nations, and to provide a forum to bring countries together to meet the purposes and goals of the United Nations.
For the past 76 years, United Nations has made enormous positive contributions in maintaining international peace and security, promoting cooperation among states, and international development. This celebration comes in a time as the world begins gradually to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the planned activities around the world represents a call to strengthen international cooperation in the interest of both nations and peoples, for a more peaceful and prosperous future for all.
Only by international cooperation can mankind meet the challenges of the global and regional issues. Hence, the theme for this year’s United Nations Day is ‘Building Back Together for Peace and Prosperity’ and we believe that United Nations and its agencies can play a pivotal and positive role in this regard. Strengthening the role of the United Nations in the new century and promoting the establishment of a just and reasonable international political and economic order goes along with the trend of history and is in the interest of all nations.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), celebrate the United Nations Day because it is a vital commemoration of the values which today organisations embrace, including WAY. Those values are the forth principles of humanity which are unity and world peace. Acknowledging the importance of adapting these values of humanity, we recognise the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and adopt them in our programmes, events, and daily activities.
These challenging times have reminded us how close and interconnected we are only by working together and in solidarity we can build back better and be resilience against future pandemics and other global challenges. We therefore urge young people to be part of the #UNDay celebration by contributing fresh ideas, taking proactive measures, and mobilising them through social media.
Let us together realise our shared vision and work towards building a more peaceful and prosper world for all!