In Focus

UN Day in Tbilisi
United Nations Day (24 October)

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. The main event of the day is the annual UN Day concert. The theme of this year's concert is "Potential in Diversity" and is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations.

Children performing on stage
World Development Information Day (24 October)

The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them. The Assembly deemed that improving the dissemination of information and the mobilization of public opinion, particularly among young people, would lead to greater awareness of the problems of development, thus, promoting efforts in the sphere of international cooperation for development.

first UN Secretary-General, Trygve Lie, being filmed
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October)

Audiovisual documents, such as films, radio and television programmes, are our common heritage and contain the primary records of the history of the 20th and 21st centuries. That heritage is now endangered, because sound recordings and moving images can be irretrievably lost as a result of neglect, decay and technological obsolescence. The Day encourages the work of preservation professionals in order to manage the range of technical, political, social, financial and other factors that threaten the safeguarding of our audiovisual heritage.

In the Spotlight

Muzoon Almellehan
Muzoon Almellehan

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan travelled to Jordan to meet children who, like her, fled the Syria conflict and are now determined to go to school despite extremely challenging circumstances. It was the first time Muzoon had returned to the country – where she spent three years in refugee camps, before being resettled in the United Kingdom with her family in 2015. Back then she went from tent to tent talking to parents to encourage them to get their children into school and learning. Her commitment as an education activist led to her appointment as UNICEF’s youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador in June 2017.

The UN System at Work

scientist analyses air quality samples
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Indonesia’s third largest city has won the title of ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City. The use of nuclear techniques to monitor air pollution have contributed to the achievement. The nuclear technique was introduced by researchers at the country’s National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), and has been used since the late 1990s to measure particulate matter in the city’s air on a regular basis. The IAEA has supported BATAN’s research through its technical cooperation programme, by providing equipment and access to international experts with experience in using the nuclear technique for air pollution measurement.  The UN System 


Did you know?

The Paris agreement on climate change was signed by the largest number of countries ever in a single day. Find out more in Global Issues: Climate Change
Polio cases have decreased by more than 99% because of immunization against the disease worldwide. Find out more in Global Issues: Health
There are 5 nuclear-weapon-free zones in the world.
Immigration slows down the ageing process of societies. Find out more in Global Issues: Ageing

Worth Watching

UN in Pictures

Dominica after hurricane
Annan, Guterres and Ban
Pope Francis
pilot in the MINUSMA Salvadorian armed helicopter unit
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