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The Official Documents Service Department (room 207) presents a thematic book exhibition “Common Future by Joint Forces” to the 75th anniversary of the United Nations from October 16 to November 11.

The birthday of the United Nations has been celebrated annually on October 24 since 1948. It was on this day in 1945 that the founding document of the organization, the UN Charter, came into force.

The UN was created to maintain and strengthen international peace and security, develop cooperation between nations based on respect for the principle of equality and self-determination of peoples. It is designed to be the center for coordinating the actions of nations in achieving the common goals set for humanity. Currently, 193 states of the world are members of the United Nations.

This year the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary. This anniversary provides an opportunity to summarize both the successes and lessons learned over the years of the organization's existence, as well as look into the future and understand how best to collectively overcome current challenges and challenges ahead.

The UN Member States agreed in June 2019 that the UN will mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day, high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, 21 September 2020 on the theme, 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'. UN Member States have arrived at consensus on the text of the declaration for the commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary (UN75). The silence procedure was used to finalize the declaration. The declaration stressed that "no other global organization gives so many people the hope of a better world and cannot provide the future we want."

 It was noted in the declaration that after 75 years because of the efforts and the assistance to the United Nations for peace it was possible to avoid the repetition of the most severe bloody oppositions, similar to world wars. Representatives of UN member states noted that the organization has helped to resolve dozens of conflicts, saved hundreds of thousands of lives as part of its humanitarian work, provided millions of children with the opportunity to learn, defended human rights around the world, participated in the development of historic agreements to protect the environment and all of our planets.

At the same time, the adopted declaration recognizes that there have been “moments of disappointment” in the history of the UN. “The world has not yet become what our founders wanted it to be 75 years ago. It has problems such as growing inequality, poverty, hunger, armed conflicts, terrorism, insecurity, climate change and pandemics,” the document says.

Discussing the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic, the states agreed to draw lessons from the current situation and take them into account in the event of possible crises in the future. "Only through joint efforts and in a spirit of solidarity can we end the pandemic and effectively deal with its consequences", the declaration says. Countries also stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation, coordination and cohesion, the importance of learning, sharing experiences and information to reduce risks and increase the resilience of systems.

The exhibition reflects the activities of the organization from the moment of its creation to the present day. The documents presented at the exhibition reveal the many-sided activities of the United Nations to save future generations from the scourge of war, maintain peace and international security, develop friendly relations between nations based on respect for the principle of equality and self-determination of peoples, implement international cooperation in resolving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian nature.

The exhibition features more than 100 documents from the collections of the NLB in Russian and English: books, periodicals, UN mimeographed materials, brochures, booklets.

The exposition consists of the following thematic sections:

  • About the UN
  • Maintenance of international peace and security
  • Fostering sustainable development
  • Promotion and protection of human rights
  • International Law
  • Humanitarian Aids
  • UN in the Republic of Belarus

The exhibition will be of interest to specialists in the field of international law and international relations, political scientists, students and teachers, as well as everyone who is interested in the activities of the UN.

Related links:

United Nations Day
UN 75 Initiative
High-level meeting for the commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary
75th anniversary of the UN FAQs
History of the United Nations
What is Peacekeeping
The UN Overview
Sustainable Development Goals
Global Issues Overview
The UN System


Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization
The UN Charter
The UN Journal
The UN Yearbook
The UN Documents
Statute of the International Court of Justice.
Fundamentals of the United Nations, 42nd Edition

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.
Admission is by library card or by the ticket of the library's social and cultural center.

For more info: (8 017) 293 27 28.

Official Documents Service Department


Under a High Star of Poetry

12 Nov 2020

An exhibition titled “Under the High Star of Poetry”, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Belarusian poet, literary critic, PhD in philological sciences Mikola Arochka (1930–2013) is on show in the Belarusian Literature Reading Room (room 205) from 12 November through 30 December.

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