2017-10-18 / Editorials

Celebrating The United Nations

We are celebrating UN Day on Tuesday, October 24, the 72nd anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in 1945, making it an official entity, empowered with the ability to bring member nations of the world together. UN Day has been celebrated on every October 24 since 1948. The stated goals of the UN, according to its official website, are to “take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more,” all issues which could not be more relevant right now. Bringing all the nations of the world together for the good of all cannot possibly be a simple mission. Although they often get too political for us, the UN’s purpose is noble, and important, and we salute them.

From 1946 to 1950, the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park housed the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations. Until the site of the UN’s current home in Manhattan became available, the grounds of the 1939 World’s Fair was being considered as the organization’s future permanent headquarters site. How appropriate that would have been, considering Queens is “The World’s Borough” as our Borough President Melinda Katz has declared it. With nearly every different country represented within the community, Queens has the most varied cultural, social, ethnic communities in the world, and it merits celebration. We propose the next big UN celebration be held here. For now, we wish the UN a happy UN Day.

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