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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.   (Ritzau Scanpix)

UN Day: focus on "real problems of real people"

The 24 October UN Day marks the day when UN Charter came into force in 1945, giving birth to the world body. UN Day has been observed since 1948.

By Robin Gomes

The United Nations is reaffirming its continuing commitment to human rights, gender equality and peace while focussing on “the real problems of real people”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the pledge in a message to mark the 74th UN Day on Thursday.

UN Charter – “shared moral anchor”

“United Nations Day highlights the enduring ideals of the UN Charter, which entered into force on this date 74 years ago,” Guterres said in a video message, adding, “amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor”. 

He noted that “at this time of turbo-charged change, the United Nations remains focused on the real problems of real people.”

The world body, the UN chief said, is working for a fair globalization and bold climate action, and they are pushing for human rights and gender equality - and saying “no” to hatred of any kind.

The UN is striving to maintain peace while bringing life-saving aid to millions caught up in armed conflict. It is becoming ever more agile and accountable as we enhance support to countries.

Global conversation

For its 75th anniversary next year, the UN has announced the UN75, a vast and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.  Noting that this milestone is a critical moment to shape our future together, Guterres is inviting all to join this conversation in advancing the well-being of “we the peoples”.

The UN plans to hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations.  The aim is to reach the global public, to listen to their hopes and fears and to learn from their experiences.

The UN was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realize peace, development and human rights for all.

24 October 2019, 15:06