Today we celebrate United Nations Day, which marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
UN Day has been recognized on 24 October since 1948. This year, UN Day will be used to highlight concrete actions people can take to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
As an organization with a long history of support for the United Nations, Zonta welcomed the adoption of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the SDGs in 2015 and the inclusion of gender equality as a necessary prerequisite for sustainable development globally. Although we support all the goals, our particular focus is on Goal No. 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
This biennium, with an eye to 2030, Zonta is partnering with three United Nations agencies on innovative projects to empower women and girls. We are continuing our support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to eliminate fistula and improve maternal health in Liberia and to delay child marriage in Niger. In Nepal, we are partnering with UN Women to address human trafficking and unsafe migration. And, in Madagascar, we are partnering with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to create opportunities for vulnerable and excluded girls to realize their rights to an education in a secure and protective environment.
We are proud of our partnership with the UN and its agencies and recognize their role in helping Zonta empower women and girls. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to helping the United Nations and its Member States fulfill the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.