United Nations Day
Since 1948, 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day. United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the day the UN Charter came into force in 1945.
New Zealand was one of 51 countries to sign the United Nations Charter in San Francisco on 26 June 1945. Signing was seen as a way of maintaining peace, supporting collective security, and ensuring that small nations would have a voice in world affairs.
The above image shows the commemorative booklet for the 10th anniversary observances of United Nations Day. The 81-page booklet is included in one of several Department of External Affairs files about the UN Charter held at Archives New Zealand. The booklet outlines what 91 countries and territories did to mark the anniversary.
In New Zealand, UN Day was widely observed in 1955. Many special events and activities were organised, often with the involvement of the UN Association of New Zealand. The UN Flag was flown from all government buildings, an evening reception was held at the National Art Gallery, city stores featured special window displays, and reference to UN Day was made in all churches during morning or evening services.
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