October 24th is United Nations Day. …um, what’s that?
It’s the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on October 24, 1945, and it has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In other words…Happy Birthday, United Nations!
You can learn more about the United Nations and its history from its web site http://www.un.org/aboutun/. The site includes links to live webcasts (and an archive of past webcasts). You could, for example, click to the climate change event “The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change” that took place at the UN headquarters on September 24, 2007.
Your University Library also has information on the UN. There are books in the Main Collection, Reference materials, articles in journals and newspapers, and selected publications from the UN itself, including the annual Yearbook of the United Nations (shelved in the International Documents collection, 2nd floor, at UN YU) and the magazine UN chronicle (shelved in the 1st floor Periodicals collection, and online through the Ebsco Academic Search Premier database).
The University Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository with many federal, state, local, and international documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and electronically. Come check out your government at the University Library!