International Day of Peace is sponsored by the United Nations. Created in 1981, the event calls on all factions to cease fire. This year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Children could learn more at: http://internationaldayofpeace.org/.
International Day of the Girl Child is today! The United Nations created the day in 2012, and this year’s theme is With Her: A Skilled Workforce. The United Nations states, “On 11 October, International Day of the Girl, we are working alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and calling on the global community to rethink how to prepare them for a successful transition into the world of work.” Children can learn more at: http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/.
World Food Day marks the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. The organization is part of the United Nations. This year’s theme is “Change the Future of Migration. Invest in Food Security and Rural Development.” Children could visit a website at: World Food Day.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is sponsored by the United Nations. The event can be traced back to 1987 when a group met in Paris to see what could be done to eliminate poverty. This year’s theme is “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world and universal respect for human rights and dignity.”
United Nations Day celebrates the founding of the organization in 1945. Membership has increased from 51 countries to 193 countries. António Guterres is the current Secretary General. Children could learn more at: United Nations.
Universal Children’s Day is observed by the United Nations. The day was first marked in 1953. Over one hundred nations recognize this day. Children could combine the ideas of the Bill of Rights and Universal Children’s Day and propose ideas for a children’s bill of rights. Children can learn more at: Children’s Day
United Nations declares today as International Volunteer Day. Children could volunteer to help around the community. They could consider picking up litter or building bird feeders.
League of Nations was formed in 1920. Over 50 countries worked together to try to end war. Permanent nations included France, Italy, Japan, and Great Britain. Later Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics became permanent members. However, the United States was not a member. The League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946, but it became the basis for the United Nations.
United Nations General Assembly held its first meeting in 1946 in London, England. Founded by 51 countries, the United Nations today is comprised of 193 countries. The four goals are:
• To keep peace between countries
• To develop friendly relationships between countries
• To help the world’s poor through medical and educational programs
• To be a catalyst so that progress can be made
Today the General Assembly meets in New York City. Other branches of the United Nations are located in Geneva, Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria. Children could learn more at: United Nations.
International Women’s Day is celebrated by the United Nations. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. Children can visit a website at: International Women’s Day.
United Nations designates today as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.