75 years ago, on 6th and 9 August 1945, the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 65,000 people vaporized and burned to death on the spot, and by the end of the year more than 200,000 had died. These victims are a reminder to us to recognize the disastrous humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and to stand up for a world without nuclear weapons!
The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization and came into force on 24 October 1945. The UN was conceived as a means of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war. The Charter calls for the UN to maintain international peace and security; promote social progress and better standards of life; strengthen international law; and promote human rights.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 102 last year.