United Nations Day, a global day of hope, marked on October 24 by the UN agencies in Romania

25 October 2023
A group of children joining hands in a circle, photographed from below
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Bucharest, 24 October 2023. Today, the United Nations agencies active in Romania mark the 78th anniversary of ratification of the United Nations Charter and reaffirm their determination to work together for sustainable development and human rights in Romania.

In 1945, representatives of 50 countries met in San Francisco to draw up the UN Charter. The United Nations officially came into being on 24 October 1945, when the Charter was ratified by a majority of signatories. Ever since the 24 October each year has been marked by UN Day. Watch here for historical footage from the 1945 San Francisco Conference.

Statement by Mr. Mircea Mocanu, Head of IOM Romania:

"UN Day offers us the opportunity to amplify our common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. Today is a chance to reflect on the universal values of peace, sustainable development, and human rights, which are especially important in these times of division – where we must redouble our determination to all unite in order to shape a better, more peaceful and sustainable future.

While the IOM is a relative newcomer to the UN System – having formally joined in 2016 – the spirit and common purposes and principles have united us long prior to this. In Romania alone, IOM has been working for over 30 years, helping thousands of people through migration management, assisted voluntary returns and reintegration, counter trafficking, and much more. With this, I am proud to say that the UN Agencies in Romania work together every day, demonstrating exactly what it means to have One UN – united for the benefit of all."

Statement Dr. Caroline Clarinval, Representative, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Romania:

"In 2023, WHO marks its 75th anniversary and our accomplishments of the past seven decades in promoting health and challenging health inequities under the theme, Health For All. Since the establishment of the WHO Country Office in Romania in 1991, WHO has been active in improving the health of the population. UN Day is the celebration, together with the rest of the UN family, of our partnership with the Government of Romania, the Ministry of Health, and all our stakeholders, making a renewed commitment to our shared vision for better health for all people of Romania. "

Statement by Mr. Pablo Zapata, UNHCR Representative in Romania:

"On United Nations Day, we reflect on the principles that bind us as a global community and renew our commitment to upholding human rights, dignity, and the pursuit of peace. On this day, we reaffirm our commitment to the 1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol which set out the responsibilities and rights of nations and refugees in relation to the universal right to seek asylum and protection. We continue working with the Government and our partners to ensure refugees are protected and supported to rebuild their life. In a world torn by wars and conflicts, the United Nations Day is a reminder that our shared humanity is our strongest weapon against the challenges that confront us. Following an impressive mobilization and welcome by Romania and the Romanian people of refugees from Ukraine, together with our partners we continue to support and complement the Government efforts towards their self-reliance and inclusion, while seeking a positive and tangible impact on the communities that host them.”

Statement by Ms. Anna Riatti, UNICEF Representative in Romania:

"Today is a special day. UN Day means unity, hope and determination for the future of humanity, the children. UNICEF remains a long-term partner of the Romanian Government, with whom we have been working for over three decades, since the establishment of the UNICEF country office in 1991. We are committed to support achieve the 20 targets in the recently adopted National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Children's Rights for 2023-2027, including reducing the number of children affected by poverty and social exclusion by 400,000 and increasing by 30% the number of children benefiting from services to prevent family separation, and leave no children behind”.

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About IOM

Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need.

IOM first established its operations in Romania in 1992 and provides a comprehensive response across the country to the needs of migrants, internally displaced persons, returnees, and host communities through direct humanitarian assistance, information and counseling, integration and inclusion activities, counter trafficking, and a variety of other efforts. To learn more about IOM in Romania visit our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About WHO

Founded in 1948, WHO works for the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all peoples. WHO works with 194 Member States, providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, and articulating evidence-based policy options. WHO supports global efforts to expand universal health coverage, coordinate the world’s response to health emergencies, and promote healthier lives.

Established in January 1991, WHO Country Office in Romania mobilizes and shares technical expertise on a wide variety of topics promoting the health and well-being for all.  WHO has been engaging in strengthening primary health care and promoting fair access to essential health care services for all; including supporting nursing, mental health, immunization, and Sexual and Reproductive Health including the Prevention from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment as well as the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Following the onset of the war in Ukraine, WHO also engaged in supporting the Romanian Government in its efforts to provide health care services for the refugees. The Country Office is also the technical implementing partner for the Ministry of Health in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan of Romania related to the pillars of Quality of Care, Human Resources in Health, Health Services Management, and Data and Digital Health. For more information about WHO and our work, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

About UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.

We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

We deliver life-saving assistance, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place called home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted nationality.

We work in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

For more information about UNHCR and its work, follow UNHCR Romania on Facebook and Twitter. For the latest data, please visit our Data Portal.

About UNICEF

UNICEF is present in Romania and in 190 other countries and territories to promote the survival and development of children from early childhood to adolescence. In Romania, UNICEF works together with key stakeholders such as the Government, the Parliament, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, national and international partners and the media to ensure access for all children to quality early education and to school, to protect adolescents and monitor children's rights, to social protection and to the mobilization of resources in the benefit of children. For more information about UNICEF and its work, visit  

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