MANILA, Philippines – United Nations Day is celebrated worldwide every October 24 in honor of the intergovernmental organization promoting human rights, social progress, and world peace.
In many Philippine schools, United Nations Day is celebrated by having students dress up in the national costumes or traditional clothing of different nations, and holding lessons about cultural diversity.
Here are 8 quick facts about the United Nations that you should tweet or post on this special day:
1. The United Nations was founded after World War II and replaced the League of Nations.
2. October 24 was declared United Nations Day in 1947 to commemorate the United Nations Charter, which took effect on Oct 24, 1945.
3. The timing of its creation – a month after World War II ended – alludes to one of the core purposes of the United Nations: achieving peace. Two olive branches, the symbols for peace, can be seen prominently on the UN emblem.
4. The Philippines is among the 51 founding members of the United Nations.
5. There are 6 official languages in the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
6. The newest member of the United Nations is South Sudan, bringing the number of member countries to 193.
7. The headquarters of the United Nations is located in New York City, but is considered international territory.
8. The United Nations staff members observe United Nations Day by wearing their national costumes.
Robert Alvarez is a Rappler intern.