United Nations Day: October 24
Haiti and Micronesia Celebrates United Nations Day as a National Holiday.
Since 1948, the anniversary of the United Nations Charter coming into force on October 24, 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day in Haiti.
Haiti United Nations Day History
Haiti is one of the founding members of the United Nations. Haiti’s admission into the United Nations was on December 17, 1945. In the spring of 1945, the representatives of fifty nations assembled in San Francisco to put the final changes on a document of sweeping importance. This document came to be known as the Charter of the United Nations. It was on October 24 when a sufficient number of endorsements had been obtained to inaugurate the new United Nations officially.
The United Nations General Assembly in 1971 issued a new resolution (United Nations Resolution 2782) which stated that the United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommended that it should be observed as a public holiday by all United Nations member states. United Nations Day aims to make the whole world aware of the goals and accomplishments of the United Nations Organization. The period from October 20 to 26 is known as United Nations Week, United Nations Day being a part of it.
Haiti United Nations Day Traditions, Customs and Activities
Currently, there is no celebration of United Nations Day in Haiti because the event comes at a very difficult time for the island, according to the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country, Hédi Annabi.
Haiti has suffered tremendous casualties and loss of property during last year’s hurricane season. Overall damage was estimated at over $1 billion by the World Bank. All efforts are now geared towards rehabilitation and restructuring of the island.
Traditionally, United Nations Day has been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions, and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization.