UN Day 2016

UN DAY 2016

The Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. From that time on it served as the foundation to maintain international peace and security.

The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that Member States observe it as a public holiday. (resolution 2782 (XXVI)). (Reference Paper No. 48).

To celebrate the anniversary of the entering into force of the United Nations Charter, GIMUN annually collaborates with the United Nations Organization to bring a conference entitled “UN Day”, giving young people the opportunity to express their visions regarding a selected topic under an underarching theme, in one of various panels lead by selected speakers who are specially invited for the occasion and specialized in the particular area of debate.

UN DAY 2016


Monday, 24th October 2016 at the Palais des Nations


Climate Change, a many-sided, urgent and growing threat


GIMUN, a fully student-led NGO with a Special Consultative Status at the ECOSOC, is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Charter of the U.N. In order to honour our commitment to the UN values, GIMUN is organising a special celebration at the Palais de Nations on October 24th, 2016.

Each year since 2009, GIMUN celebrates the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter through one event: UN Day.  Our event allows students to get closer to the UN world and current global issues. The Geneva International Model United Nations will organise this year  a commemoration of the Charter on the occasion of its 71th anniversary. We are expecting around 100 participants on Monday October 24th at the Palais des Nations. GIMUN annually collaborates with the United Nations to bring a conference entitled “UN Day”, giving young people the opportunity to express their visions regarding a selected topic under an underarching theme.

The 71th celebration of the U.N. Charter organised by GIMUN will be a two-fold event. It will start with official commemorative speeches by the GIMUN presidency, the Director-General of the UNOG, and other guest speakers. Discussion panels will follow this for all participants, in four different round-table settings. These will address issues related to Climate Change. In order to ensure a fruitful debate, participants will receive relevant documentation prior to the event and, thus, be ready to discuss the topics.
Interpretation: The opening ceremony will be interpreted in English and French. The themed presentations will be held in either English or French.

GIMUN’s objective for this event is to give young people an opportunity to express their opinion on important issues at the United Nations. It will also allow participants of diverse professional backgrounds and students who are interested in the topic to communicate on the issues at stake.

Our aim is to provide an arena for inclusive and respectful discussions among country- and NGO representatives, U.N. officials, academia and members of the general public who wish to be involved. These discussions will allow all these different groups to reflect on the role of Young People at the United Nations


  1. Oceans, an endangered and neglected source of life  (French)
    Guest Speakers : Samuel Gardaz and Pascal Hagmann
  2. The need to balance productivity with respect for nature (English)
    Guest Speaker: Sébastien Miazza
  3. The COP 21 and the tricky ecology/politics equation (French)
    Guest Speaker: Lisa Mazzone
  4. Decarbonization or economic growth: a compulsory choice ? (English)
    Guest Speaker: Philippe Thalmann

Apply: send an email to unday@gimun.org precising the 3 pannels you chose in order of preference, your first and last name, the name of your university or school, and your field of study.

Guest Speakers