United Nations Day, observed on Sunday, October 24, marks the 76th anniversary of the founding charter. Drafted in 1945, the United Nations charter was formed with representatives of 50 countries at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco. While the UN has evolved over the years with our changing world, the one constant has been that ‘it remains the one place on Earth where all the world’s nations can gather together, discuss common problems, and find shared solutions that benefit all of humanity’. Today, the UN’s membership includes 193 member states. United Nations Day will be celebrated with the annual UN concert under the theme ‘Building Back Together for Peace and Prosperity’ which is a ‘call to strengthen international cooperation in the interest of both nations and peoples, for a more peaceful and prosperous future for all’. This concert can be seen on the UN Youtube channel.

United Nations Association of the USA’s 2021 theme of ‘Creating a Blueprint for a Better Future’ reflects the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had across the globe and a reminder that global challenges cannot be tackled by the United States alone. An advocacy organization of committed Americans with a mission of supporting the United Nations and its agencies. A primary focus of this organization is on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion to ensure members and stakeholders feel valued and empowered. Join the 76th anniversary virtual program on Monday, October 25.

For additional education and personal development related to diversity, equity and inclusion, the following resources are available: DDEI Education and ResourcesDEI & Antiracism Resources from the UNC Libraries, the Education Equity Toolkit from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and the UNITE workshops for faculty, staff, and students.