Celebrate UN Charter Day With UNA-USA

The Significance of June 26th

The Charter of the United Nations was signed on June 26, 1945, in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization. It would come into force later that year on October 24, 1945. On June 26, we celebrate the moment that 50 countries agreed to work together for a more peaceful and prosperous world. Today, there are 193 member states in the United Nations system committed to international cooperation.

Learn more and read the UN Charter.


Here’s how you can celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter with UNA-USA:


Here are some resources to expand your knowledge about the UN’s history, and why June 26, 1945 was a historic moment for multilateralism.


1. United Together: A Conversation with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed

Join our live web event with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed on UN Charter Day! Register now >>

The event will include:

  • Remarks on the significance of UN75 by the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed
  • A Q&A discussion
  • A special musical performance by world-renowned opera singer Simon Estes

Don’t miss it! Register now >>


2. The UN Charter: Past, Present, and Future

Commemoration of the Signing of the UN Charter event hosted by the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly

On June 26, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET, the President of the UN General Assembly’s office invites you to livestream a special program from home. The event will be divided into three parts:

  • Solemn Charter Commemoration – featuring statements by the Heads of the Main Organs of the UN and the Chairs of the 5 Regional Groups and the host country about the significance of the Charter.
  • Interactive live dialogues about the Charter’s relevance today and in the future. Two successive panel discussions will be held on the significance of the Charter.  The two panels will engage eminent thinkers in forward-looking discussions around multilateralism, the 2030 Agenda, and how the UN can deliver on its commitments to the Charter, while addressing global challenges.
  • Commemorative Closing Ceremony featuring the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony

Learn more about the event here.

The commemoration will be live-streamed globally through the following links:


3. International UN Charter Dialogues, Hosted by the UNA San Francisco Chapter

The United Nations Association of the USA, San Francisco Chapter (UNA-SF) will be hosting online dialogues with an international group of UN supporters to collect multiple perspectives of the role of the United Nations Charter in our history to date and the role that it can play in our future. Learn more and participate.


June 26 is the final day of our United Together: Week of Action, and we’re hosting our first virtual phone bank day. Our goal is to get every American who believes in global progress to call their Members of Congress and ask them to support the United Nations and its vital work.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Use our call in form to be automatically patched through to your Members of Congress’ offices.
  • Follow the script and share your personal sentiments about why the UN matters.
  • Once you’ve completed your call, you’ll receive an email with a virtual sticker from UNA-USA so you can show the world you called Congress to support the UN! Post it to social media, upload it to your LinkedIn page, or even place it in your email signature.
  • Since advocacy is only as strong as our collective voice, send this link to at least one friend or family member, and ask them to make a call, too.

Make the call >>