UN DAY 2018

On 24 October, United Nations Day will be celebrated around the world. It is an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s work on behalf of humanity, including on urgent challenges such as alleviating poverty and hunger, defending human rights and addressing the need for bold climate action.

In celebration of UN Day, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, stated “WMU is proud to be a member of the United Nations family. This year marks the University’s 35th anniversary since it was founded by the International Maritime Organization. WMU is unequivocally committed to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the true spirit of the United Nations, WMU has educated 4,654 graduates from 167 countries to date. Our alumni represent an extraordinary global network of maritime leaders that have tremendous influence on the maritime and ocean industries.”

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.

October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.