UNACTO celebrated the 74th United Nations Day on 24 October at the Ismaili Centre Toronto, located across from the Aga Khan Museum.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the UN Charter’s entry into force and celebrates everything that the UN represents and has achieved since its establishment 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 UN officially came into being.
The location of the event highlighted a special relationship between His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and his family and the UN. For nearly 40 years, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, Prince Karim Aga Khan‘s uncle, was closely associated with the work of the UN, specializing in disaster relief work. After three years as Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, he became the High Commissioner in 1965.
At the event, we were pleased to have Guillermo Rishchynski, the 23rd Canadian Ambassador to UN, and Reverend Paul Morris, the last remaining Canadian soldier to witness the signing of the UN Charter, as our special guest speakers. We were also pleased to welcome numerous Consul Generals from Toronto.
Photos by Yazan Kalaldeh / Omar Albach / UNACTO