Message from WFUNA Secretary-General Bonian Golmohammadi on the Commemoration of United Nations Day
Observing United Nations Day on October 24 is an important annual occasion and time-honored tradition for the World Federation and member United Nations Associations (UNAs) across the globe. It is a day for celebration, for commemoration, for discussion, for action; and an opportunity to showcase our work and rally our communities around the goals and principles of the organization that we champion.
Each year, UNAs organize extraordinarily creative and effective activities on this day, to show their support for the United Nations, and advocate for the issues they believe in. From public lectures, town hall meetings, seminars, Model UN conferences and academic competitions, to awareness raising campaigns, poetry readings, charity walks, music concerts and art exhibitions. The range and scope of these celebrations is remarkable, and a point of pride for our organization. UN Day holds both practical and symbolic values for our global network. It is an occasion to celebrate our accomplishments, thank our friends and supporters, and reiterate our commitment to the United Nations. Moreover, UNAs take advantage of UN Day to implement activities that increase membership, spread awareness about the UN and the work of the UNA, establish new partnerships, contribute to fundraising efforts, and create new linkages within the community.
On this UN Day, we are pleased to announce that the Fourth Committee of the 68th General Assembly adopted a draft resolution contained in document A/68/21, in which, paragraph 85 commends WFUNA and the UNAs for the valuable contributions that we have made through our global activities in the mobilization of popular support for the United Nations. The General Assembly is expected to formally adopt this resolution in December.
As we set out to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the United Nations, we must consider two of the most pressing issues on the organization’s agenda today: the situation in Syria and the post-2015 development framework. I encourage UNAs to incorporate these issues into their activities. The WFUNA Executive Committee recently issued a statement on Syria, which can help guide your outreach on this complex matter. The essence of the post-2015 messaging is rather straightforward: the MDGs have achieved impressive results (halving global poverty); now we must build on this momentum, and craft an inspiring post-2015 development agenda.
I wish all UNAs success for their United Nations Day activities, and look forward to receiving photos and information about your events to share across our network.