UNIC Canberra celebrated UN Day at the Museum of Australian Democracy in partnership with the Museum, UNHCR, IOM and the UN Association of Australia.
The event which included a ceremonial flag raising by the Australia Defence Force and Australian Federal Police was themed on Human Rights in recognizing the Declaration’s 70th anniversary. Central to this was the opening of an exhibition of quilts by the Museum, where contributors from all over the world had stitched the words of each article of the Declaration into uniquely illustrated panels.
In speaking, the originator and co-creator of the project, the youth craftivist and artist, Tal Fitzpatrick described the enthusiasm with which quilters took up the call to promote the Declaration through their art. The importance of the Declaration and acknowledgement of the UN’s vital role in the world were also echoed in speeches by federal and local government officials.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
Over the next week, the Pacific will mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with celebrations across the region. “The seven decades since the founding of the United Nations have seen tremendous change across its 193 member states. UN Day tomorrow (24 October) is an opportunity to reflect on the development gains made in the Pacific over the decades and the strong relationships that have made them possible,” United Nations Resident Coordinator in Fiji, Osnat Lubrani said. Continue reading →
This year the world celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945. In Australia the occasion was marked in Canberra with a flag raising ceremony jointly organised by UNIC Canberra with the United Nations Association of Australia, and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. Continue reading →
Under clear spring skies United Nations Day was celebrated, on the 23rd at Albert Hall in Canberra. Building on the message of “community” UNIC Canberra, supported by the Australian Capital Territory Government, designed the event as a celebration focusing on partnerships and youth. Continue reading →