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.
United Nations declares today as World Water Day. The theme this year is World Water Day 2018: Nature for Water. As the world’s population increases and the amount of water remains the same, water increasingly becomes more important to countries. Children could learn more at: World Water Day. Children could view the interesting National Geographic site about water: Water.
World Bicycle Day is today. In early 2018 the United Nations declared today to be World Bicycle Day because bicycles are so popular for transportation and physical activity. In 2014 a billion bicycles were being used for business and fun. China accounts for 450 million of those bicycles.
United Nations Charter was signed by fifty nations in San Francisco, California, in 1945. The United Nations replaced the faltering League of Nations. Children could see the list of countries now belonging to the United Nations at: http://www.un.org/en/members/.
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 “Climate Action for Peace.” 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 Empowering Girls for a Brighter Future. 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 “Our Actions Are Our Future.” Children could visit a website at: World Food Day.