Chair of Mid Ulster District Council has helped to mark the 70th year of the United Nations, hosting a reception for local school children and receiving a commemorative copy of the UN Charter.
Councillor Linda Dillon met members of the United Nations Association Northern Ireland (UNA-NI), together with pupils from St Colm’s High School, Draperstown, the Integrated College, Dungannon and Cookstown High School, who described the international work in which they are involved in school.
The United Nations, set up in 1945 and remembered every year on 24 October, exists to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well being of all people. It also affords the opportunity for countries to balance global interdependence and national interests when addressing international problems.
UNA-NI is part of the UNA-UK association which is the leading source of independent analysis of the United Nations and a grassroots movement promoting a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. UNA-NI is a volunteer-run group which supports UNA-UK's work by organising a diverse range of activities, such as awareness-raising events with keynote speakers. It supports and works with other like-minded organisations which help to promote the United Nations at a local level.
Councillor Dillon said:
“To think that this charter was born 70 years ago in just two short months is quite amazing. It was some undertaking, involving 850 delegates representing 46 countries, with support staff bringing the total to 3,500 and more than 2,500 media also reporting on proceedings.
“What’s more impressive is the fact that those systems which were established in 1945 continue to work today and, more importantly, continue to play a pivotal and powerful part in international relations.
“I was delighted to host the event and to have the opportunity to meet and listen to how some of our young people are learning about and contributing to the aims of the UN.”
UNA-NI’s Chairperson, Mrs Judith Fawcett, said, “The 70th Anniversary of the UN will be celebrated world-wide and provides an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of its work to our daily lives, the expectation that the international community will work together to address problems cooperatively and the challenges facing governments currently. Recognising the importance of supporting the excellent work carried out in our schools to encourage an understanding of global peace and interdependence, UNA-NI is using the opportunity to engage with the new Councils and to invite local schools in each district to make a presentation of the UN Charter to their Council.”