UN to celebrate 69th birthday on October 24

Oct 14, 2014

United Nations Day Celebrations start at 9:00am at the Maseru Club on October 24. UN Photo

Public invited to attend celebrations at Maseru Club starting at 9am

The United Nations in Lesotho invites the public to attend United Nations Day celebrations on Friday, October 24, at the Maseru Club. Festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 3:00 p.m.

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry of the UN Charter in 1945. October 24 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.

Ms. Karla Robin Hershey, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Lesotho will welcome participants to UN Day ceremonies, followed by an address from the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mohlabi K. Tsekoa, who will officially open ceremonies on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

“We warmly invite the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho to join us as we celebrate nearly seven decades of the work of the United Nations,” said Ms. Hershey.

“It is a chance for us to show everyone the work we do everyday, with the Government and our national partners—in the spirit of delivering as one for the people of Lesotho.”

UN agencies and national partners will have booths and demonstrations organized into six categories, which are closely aligned with Lesotho’s National Strategic Development Plan.

The local celebration of the 69th birthday of the United Nations, will feature a truly international lineup of cultural dances, songs, and theatre groups, including the Naledi Theatre Group, the Embassy of China, the Congolese Association, the Indian Association, and Alliance Française.

UNFPA Representative Dr. Therese Zeba has also composed a special song, which will be performed live.

For UN Day, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "This year again, we saw the United Nations come together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues. We continue to show what collective action can do. We can do even more.”

“In a world that is more connected, we must be more united. On United Nations Day, let us pledge to live up to our founding ideals and work together for peace, development and human rights," the Secretary-General added.

Contact information

Mark S. Cogan, Communications and Reports Specialist 
Tel: (+266) 22 313 790 ext. 377, mark.cogan@one.un.org