United Nations Day 2022

A message from Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University (WMU)

On the occasion of United Nations Day, we take the opportunity to reflect on the important role the United Nations (UN) plays in gathering the world’s nations together. In an unwavering commitment to peace and cooperation, the UN and UN system carry out critical work through fostering discussion and collaboration with the aim of uniting member States and averting conflict. 

Over 80 per cent of world trade is carried by shipping. Such an inherently international industry requires international cooperation. The World Maritime University (WMU) welcomes students from over 50 countries annually to our flagship MSc in Maritime Affairs programme at our headquarters in Malmö, Sweden to immerse themselves in maritime and ocean postgraduate education and research that has a meaningful impact on the maritime and ocean sectors. In addition to learning in an international environment with diverse faculty, staff and students, the majority of our students live together in the Henrik Smith Residence which develops cross-cultural understanding in the true spirit of the United Nations. With 5,634 alumni from 171 countries and territories, WMU is affecting real change globally, including promoting sustainable development through our uniquely focused maritime and ocean education, research and capacity building programmes. 

Since 2015, the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has provided a blueprint for peace and prosperity for humanity and our planet. WMU is well positioned to deliver tangible contributions to advancing the 2030 Agenda that is a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. We are proud to be part of the UN family, fostering understanding and cooperation among member States through the education of the maritime and ocean leaders of tomorrow. 

About United Nations Day

On 24 October, United Nations Day is 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.

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.

To learn more about United Nations Day, click here.

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