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23 10 2017

United Nations (UN) Day, 24 October 2017

UN Day 24 October 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.

Secretary-General's Message for 2017 

Our world faces many grave challenges.

Widening conflicts and inequality.

Extreme weather and deadly intolerance.

Security threats – including nuclear weapons.

We have the tools and wealth to overcome these challenges. All we need is the will.  

The world’s problems transcend borders.  

We have to transcend our differences to transform our future. 

When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world. 

On United Nations Day, let us, ‘We the Peoples’, make this vision a reality. 

Thank you. Shokran. Xie Xie. Merci. Spasibo. Gracias. Obrigado. Yet

António Guterres

For a video message from the UN Secretary-General, go to

For resources including videos, the UN Charter and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), go to

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) has been a signatory to the UN GLOBAL COMPACT since 2007.

WFOT supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), information available at

The WFOT Position Statement ‘Environmental Sustainability Sustainable Practice within Occupational Therapy (2012)’ is available at the WFOT Resource Centre.