UN celebrates 70th birthday

Posted on: 22 October 2015

United Nations Day will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Saturday 24 October.

On Friday (23 October), VIPs will be raising the UN flag over County Hall, Exeter, to mark the anniversary.

Felicity Bourne, the Chair of the Exeter United Nations Association, will be joined by Devon County Council’s Chairman, Cllr Christine Channon, Council Leader, Cllr John Hart, Hugo Swire MP, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Olwen Foggin and representatives of Devon’s Youth Parliament.

Felicity Bourne said:

“From its origin, the UN has been a union of nations brought together following the Second World War to bring international peace and security.

“Although the UN’s involvement in world affairs has evolved over its 70 years, its main purpose today has not changed.   While there remains international conflict, poverty and breaches of people’s basic human rights, there continues to be a vital role for the UN to play.”

United Nations Day celebrates the birth of the United Nations in 1945.

It marks the day that the United Nations Charter came into force after its conception earlier in the year.

The Charter was ratified by the five permanent members of the Security Council; France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the USA.

It became known as United Nations Day in 1948 and is a day that celebrates and reflects on the good work of the UN.

The United Nations helps to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and promote better living standards and human rights.

Councillor Christine Channon, Devon County Council’s Chairman said:

“It is a privilege to mark this internationally important day, made even more significant this year for being its 70th anniversary.

“Today, the UN strives constantly to uphold human rights, working with nation states to overcome social, economic, humanitarian and cultural challenges.

“In recent years the UN has taken a more interventionist approach, undertaking peace-keeping missions in troubled areas, and in playing a leading role in global humanitarian issues across all national boundaries.

“On behalf of Devon County Council, I am proud to mark this historic day, with the raising of the UN flag over County Hall.”

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