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Local Sorority Celebrates United Nations Day

By: Kara Palmer Smith, FAMU
By: Kara Palmer Smith, FAMU

Tallahassee, FL -- October 23, 2011

The 2011 United Nations Day Theme is "The United Nations - In Everyone’s Interest" demonstrating the many ways that the United Nations contributes to a better world and to the interests of the United States. During a time when many elected leaders doubt the value of the UN, we must use UN Day to demonstrate all that the UN does! Tallahassee will focus our Flag Raising Ceremony on Global Prosperity which captures the essence of how the UN works in the world’s interests.

In the spring of 1945, representatives of fifty nations gathered in San Francisco to put the final touches to a document of far-reaching consequences--the Charter of the United Nations. Enthusiastically supported by the United States, the U.N. Charter went into effect on October 24, 1945. Two years later the U.N. General Assembly adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution declaring October 24th United Nations Day, to be commemorated annually by all member-states of the United Nations. In the United States, each President, beginning with Harry Truman, has issued a proclamation asking citizens to observe U.N. Day and to reflect upon the importance of the United Nations to our national interest, as well as to each American individually.

In March 2003, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. became a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations. In a presentation by Hanifa Mezoui, Chief NGO Section, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN (ECOSOC), Past National President Gwendolyn Boyd (who served as National President during this time) accepted the credentials on behalf of the sorority, before 150 members of the organization from across the country. Delta Sigma Theta was welcomed to the United Nations by Assistant Secretary General for External Affairs, Gillian Sorensen, who asked the sorority in her keynote address to, “use your NGO status to monitor the status of women and children in the world and bind together with other NGOs to insure that the UN honors its commitments.” Delta Sigma Theta was granted Special Consultative Status as an NGO to the Economic and Social Council of the UN as a result of its volunteer services and humanitarian efforts performed to address issues throughout the world and the community at large.

Program participants include County Commission Chair John Dailey and the Keynote speaker is Mr. Jay Smith, the Diplomat in Residence from the U.S. Department of State housed at FAMU.


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