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Thursday, 23 October 2014

United Nations Day 2014, October 24

Организация Объединенных Наций День, 24 октября.
United Nations Day, 24 October.
Día de las Naciones Unidas, 24 de octubre.
Journée des Nations Unies, 24 octobre.
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United Nations Secretary-General's Message for the United Nations Day 2014.

The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field.
The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future. There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead to realize the Charter’s vision.  But we can take heart from our achievements. 
The UN Millennium Development Goals have inspired the most successful anti-poverty campaign ever.  United Nations treaties addressing inequality, torture and racism have protected people, while other agreements have safeguarded the environment. UN peacekeepers have separated hostile forces, our mediators have settled disputes and our humanitarian workers have delivered life-saving aid.
At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable.  On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.
Ban Ki-moon

Forum : United Nations Day - 24 October

             Date: 24 October 2014 / Location: United Nations General Assembly Hall

In observance of United Nations Day, a special concert entitled “UN Day Concert 2014: Lang Lang & Friends” will take place on Friday, 24 October 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the newly renovated General Assembly Hall.

The concert is organized by the Department of Public Information in cooperation with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation (LLIMF) and will feature world-renowned pianist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Lang Lang.

Performing with Lang Lang will be an international youth orchestra representing five continents, assembled especially for the occasion, to be conducted by Manuel López-Gómez. Manuel López-Gómez, as well as many of the youth musicians hail from the renowned El Sistema programme, which provides music education to children from poor social-economic backgrounds.

As such, the concert offers an opportunity to highlight the United Nations’ focus on youth and the education of global citizens. It also marks an important milestone during the yearlong global observance of the 70th anniversary of the Organization.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the President of the 69th Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Samuel Kahamba Kutesa. Actor and TV personality, Alec Baldwin will introduce the musicians.

The proclamation of 24 October as United Nations Day is an acknowledgment of the global efforts and achievements of the Organization since its creation in 1945.  The observance serves as an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the United Nations and its family of agencies through the universal language of music.
UN Day Concert 2014: “Lang Lang & Friends” will stream live at 7:00 p.m. EDT via webcast at

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