Today is UN Day. The day when the United Nations came into being. See note at the end of this posting what is observed this day, and first and foremost: THE COMING YEAR! UN celebrates 75 years next year – 2020!
Within the UN community of bodies, one institution is very warm to my heart – UNESCO.
Last decade, they launched Cities Of Music initiative. And, I am proud to be living in a town that is included in this select few of Cities Of Music – Norrköping!
When UN celebrated 50 years, only ONE from the “global cultural sphere” at large was invited to speech – the icon of Ralph Lundsten. From Sweden! (Swedish Wikipedia Entry | Homepage). He dedicated a symphony – Joy & Light, and gave it to what he called FUN – the Friends of the United Nations, and he was hoping for a future of UNO – United Neighbourhood Organization. Very much the same sentiment found in the Ono/Lennon co-created Imagine. Yes!
So – in the midst of the despair we live in right now, “the life beyond Mika”, I cling to stuff and stories like these to live my life on, with some kind of meaning.
The Healing Force Of Music – The Message Of Universal Love!
So, be it!
“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.
24 October 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.
UN75: 2020 and Beyond – Shaping Our Future Together
To mark UN Day, Secretary-General António Guterres has announced that next year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.
Starting in January 2020, the United Nations will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations. The aim is to reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences.
The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realize peace, development and human rights for all. The UN75 initiative seeks to spark dialogue and action on how we can build a better world despite the many challenges we face.