United Nations Day: Things you should know

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.

BIG THREE. Yalta Conference in February 1945 with (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin.

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2. October 24 was declared United Nations Day in 1947 to commemorate the United Nations Charter, which took effect on Oct 24, 1945.

UN DECLARATION. October 24 is UN Day. Photo from UN.

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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.

UN FLAG. The flag of the United Nations was adopted on October 20, 1947.

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4. The Philippines is among the 51 founding members of the United Nations.

PHILIPPINE FLAG. The Philippines is among the 51 founding members of the UN.

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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.

NEWEST UN MEMBER. The flag of South Sudan (middle) flutters along with other UN member countries in front of the UN headquarters in New York City. Photo from UN.

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7. The headquarters of the United Nations is located in New York City, but is considered international territory.

HEADQUARTERS. United Nations is located in New York City.

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8. The United Nations staff members observe United Nations Day by wearing their national costumes.

UN STAFF. Dressed in their national costumes. Photo from UN.

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- Rappler.com

Robert Alvarez is a Rappler intern.