Prayer for UN Day 24th October
United Nations Day is October 24th
Malala Yousufzai was one girl squirming under the thumb of the Pakistani Taliban, whose draconian interpretation of Islamic law saw girls’ schools closed in her hometown of Mingora in early 2009. In a frank and witty blog published on the BBC Urdu website under a pseudonym, Malala, then 11-years-old, chafed at the new regulations that limited her freedom, stopped her from learning and kept her from seeing her friends…
To read more about Malala and the prayer for UN Day, click Prayer for United Nations Day
Sit with the wisdom and grace of Malala.
God of Earth and of all peoples of every nation,
Today we pray for the life of the world.
We pray blessings for our enemies and those who think they are enemies.
We pray for the transformation of the enemy within our own hearts.
We pray for your reign on Earth.
“This year again, we saw the United Nations come together on armed conflict, human rights, the environment and many other issues. We continue to show what collective action can do. We can do even more. In a world that is more connected, we must be more united. On United Nations Day, let us pledge to live up to our founding ideals and work together for peace, development and human rights. “
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. 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.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.