UN Day 2020 - 75th Anniversary
This year, 24 October marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) since the entry into force of its Charter in 1945. United Nations Day has been celebrated as UN Day on 24 October since 1948.
“Shaping Our Future Together” is the theme for the 75th anniversary that the UN notes comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. But it is also a reminder that times of struggle can become an opportunity for positive change and transformation.
In recognition of the milestone anniversary, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University (WMU) noted the key role the United Nations has played in bringing nations together to focus on common goals. “This anniversary comes at a crucial time that calls for unity. We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and we face great challenges across the globe on so many fronts. It is imperative that now, more than ever, we join together to ‘Shape Our Future Together’. We must work together to overcome this pandemic, and to stay focused on the vitally important United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that will benefit humanity, and our planet as a whole,” she said.
Further, President Doumbia-Henry highlighted the role WMU plays within the United Nations family, educating the maritime and ocean leaders of tomorrow that are essential to protecting our oceans and supporting more than 80 per cent of world trade that is carried by ships. The importance of shipping to the global supply chain is undeniable and WMU’s capacity-building mission supports developing and developed nations to ensure safe and sustainable shipping on clean oceans.
Established within the framework of the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, WMU’s mission is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research, while building global capacity and promoting sustainable development.