24 October 2020
PRETORIA – As nations and institutions across the world marked the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Day, authorities in Pretoria said the landmark was a time to reflect on the efforts and achievements of the organization.
“Today, we join the international community in celebrating a significant anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, seventy-five years ago. On this Day, it is vital for all of us to reflect on all the efforts and achievements of this Organisation in improving the lives of the people of the world in a range of sectors,” said International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor.
She highlighted that as early as 1946, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, South Africa’s discriminatory policies were placed firmly on the agenda of the first session of the UN General Assembly.
“The contribution that the United Nations has made to the people of South Africa in their struggle to dismantle apartheid, which led to a free and democratic South Africa in 1994, will always be hailed and appreciated,” said Pandor.
“The 75th anniversary of the United Nations comes at a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts.”
However, she emphasised that the UN system remains the best means by which society can address and overcome these many global challenges.
” I am certain that it will play a role in supporting the post Covid-19 recovery of the world,” said Pandor.
She said it is only through multilateralism and recommitting to the ideals of the UN Charter, that nations can forge common strategies for the benefit and advancement of all.
” The UN, with its 193 member states, should lead the way in creating a transformative and inclusive future, ensuring that no one is left behind.
South Africa and its people wish the United Nations well as it continues to serve as the world’s moral compass and foremost guarantor of global peace and prosperity,” said Pandor.
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.