Antigua and Barbuda to join the United Nations in celebrating UN Day

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the United Nations Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, will this year celebrate United Nations (UN) Day, which is observed annually on October 24, with a series of high-profile activities. 

UN Day has been celebrated since 1948 and marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. 

The UN’s 76th anniversary this year comes in a time of great disruption in the world. Across borders countries are facing extreme poverty and inequality, a climate crisis of overwhelming proportions and an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left nations big and small grappling with its pervasive socio-economic impacts. 

This period, however, also reminds us that we are stronger together than apart, that there is value in multilateralism and global cooperation as we work towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, determined to “leave no one behind.” 

To commemorate the UN’s milestone, and Antigua and Barbuda’s 40th anniversary of UN membership, which commenced on 25 November 1981, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will lead on celebratory activities in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator Office and UN agencies resident in Antigua and Barbuda. 

A tree planting ceremony to highlight Action on Climate, and the upcoming COP26, will be held on Friday October 22nd at 10:00 am on the grounds of the Office of the Prime Minister. The Hon. E.P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade will plant the tree during the ceremony which will have participation from senior Government and UN officials. 

As a show of solidarity, the southern portion of the building housing the Office of the Prime Minister and the Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also be lit in blue, the official UN colour, from Friday October 22 to Sunday October 24. This will coincide with the lighting up of UN House in Barbados, the official headquarters for UN Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. 

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