On June 26, 1945, delegates from 50 nations came together to sign the United Nations Charter – a historic moment for global peace and progress.
To mark the UN’s 70th anniversary this year, over the coming week, we will be sharing 70 facts about the UN and the work it does around the world.
1. The Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign aims to raise awareness, resources, and political will to stop violence against girls and women.
2. In 1997, then-Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, “More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that is why we have the United Nations.”
4. The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is working to create a world “where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”
6. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, coordinates humanitarian aid partners to respond to emergencies.
9. In 1980, the World Health Organization official declared the elimination of smallpox from the planet. (Tweet)
10. The Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which UN Women describes as “the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.” (Tweet)