Celebrating United Nations Day

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. Since 1992 a number of the United Nations Organizations have been conducting their activities in the Republic of Belarus. On United Nations Day it has become a tradition to draw up the results, to hold meetings, discussions and exhibitions dedicated to the UN activities and its achievements.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. Since 1992 a number of the United Nations Organizations have been conducting their activities in the Republic of Belarus. On United Nations Day it has become a tradition to draw up the results, to hold meetings, discussions and exhibitions dedicated to the UN activities and its achievements. One of the key events in Belarus was a solemn event at the House of Moscow which gathered officials from the ministries and agencies, representatives of non-governmental organizations, academical circles, journalists and diplomats.

In his welcome address the UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha, outlined the key directions in cooperation between the United Nations and the Government and noted that marking UN Day is a good opportunity to celebrate joint achievements over the past year and recommit to the important development work ahead in Belarus and around the world. Speaking about the UN Office prospective plans in Belarus Mr. Sanaka Samarasinha stated: “Next year we will shape a new UN development assistance framework for Belarus. While continuing to work on a number of areas of traditional focus, we also need to seize the opportunities that new technologies offer and innovate development solutions that anticipate future scenarios".

Minister of Economy Nikolai Snopkov, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Elena Kupchina, gave their welcome speeches.

UN REFERENCE NOTE.  Belarus was one of the founders of the United Nations Organization.  On June 26, 1945, at the San Francisco conference, Belarus was among the fifty–one founding member states to sign the Charter of the United Nations. On August 30, 1945, the Byelorussian Parliament ratified the Charter of the United Nations. In effect, the history of Belarus’ foreign policy is inseparably linked with the United Nations Organization.