The United Nations in South Africa joined the rest of the world on 24 October 2017 to mark the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter. The ratification of the UN Charter took place in 1945 after being endorsement by majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council. This process gave birth to the UN. The 24th October has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948. In 1971, the UN General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.
In marking the UN Day, the UN in South Africa team held outdoor activities and had an interactive networking social event in Pretoria organized by the United Nations Communication Group.
Anne Githuku-Shongwe, UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Representative commended UN staff for their commitment to serve and acknowledged their contributions towards building better a UN. She also called for inclusive communal celebrations as way of extending the UN space to community members and to facilitate public interactions.