The United Nations(UN)’s International Delegate’s Day is annually observed across the globe on 25th April to create awareness about the role of the representatives and delegates of the Member States to the UN. 25th April 2022 marks the observance of the 3rd International Delegate’s Day.
i.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/73/286 on 2nd April 2019 and proclaimed the 25 April of every year starting from 2020 as International Delegate’s Day.
ii.The first-ever International Delegate’s Day was observed on 25th April 2020.
Why April 25?
The International Delegate’s Day (25th April) marks the anniversary of the first day of the San Francisco Conference which is also known as the United Nations Conference on International Organization.
On 25 April 1945, delegates from around 50 countries came together for the first time in San Francisco with an aim to set up an organization that would restore world peace and impose rules on the post-war world order.
- On 26th June 1945, 2 months after the first meeting, the Charter of the United Nations was signed by representatives of the 50 countries.
- Poland signed on 15 October 1945. There were 51 Founding Members of the United Nations in 1945.
Roles of delegates:
The delegates represent their countries at the meetings of the United Nations.
The delegates speak and vote on behalf of their countries at the UNGA and other fora, unless a politician of higher rank is present.