October 24, 2010

United Nations Day

The United Nations had its beginnings in World War II. The Allied Nations were sometimes called the United Nations. The “Big Three” Allies were Great Britain, the United States, and the USSR (Russia). Other Allies included France (before it fell), China, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippine Commonwealth, Poland, the Union of South Africa, and Yugoslavia.

Representatives of the Allied countries began to plan an international organization                   during the war, and in April of 1945, a conference was held to create the organization. The U.N. was formally established on this day in 1945.

The U.N. has a lot of success in the areas of human rights, economic development, health, and education. Its mission to prevent war hasn't been as successful, unfortunately. It is in an excellent position to lead in worldwide problems such as climate change—as long as member states such as the United States actually follow that lead and cooperate with one another!

Check out the United Nation's Cyber Schoolbus website. 

Another cool link to try is UNICEF's MAGIC (Media Activities and Good Ideas by, with, and for Children). 

For the past 60 Halloweens, some kids trick or treat for money for UNICEF (the U.N.'s children fund) rather than for candy. 

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