"The United Nations is not just a meeting place for diplomats. The United Nations is a peacekeeper disarming fighters, a health worker distributing medicine, a relief team aiding refugees, a human rights expert helping deliver justice."
-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
In honor of United Nations Day (October 24th), UNA-GB spearheads a number of local events to engage the public in recognizing the anniversary of the United Nations.
These events include:
The Governor’s proclamation is read declaring October 24 UN Day and a keynote address is delivered. Community organizations present their materials and participate in a discussion following the keynote address, and attendees have the opportunity to connect with like-minded Bostonians.
Proclamation & Flag Raisings by Towns and Cities
The Mayors/Board of Selectmen in all 350 towns and cities in Massachussetts are asked to proclaim October 24, UN Day. UNA-GB displays these state-wide proclamations during the UN Day Ceremony and Luncheon. The UN Flag is also raised by city halls and other public buildings on or around October 24. See 2011 Sample Proclamation here.
City-Wide Model UN Simulation
Since 2009, around 100 high school students celebrate UN Day with a public Model UN simulation in honor of the anniversary. Students and teachers debate and discuss a topic related to the UN agenda with members of the community invited to observe.